It’s getting hard to keep track but as well as brighter news on the Gino Peruzzi front – he likes the look of an improved pay offer and is reportedly heading for Sunderland with a view to completing his signing – the club has confirmed the arrival of El Hadji Ba.
The French Under-20 international joins from Le Havre. They’re a Ligue 2 side but Ba, a 20-year-old midfielder, is a much talked-about prospect.
We thought we were getting his young teammate Benjamin Mendy, too, but he’s opted for Marseille instead despite having been assured that the North Sea has vastly more appeal than the Mediterranean.
I have tweeted Mendy to let him know he should come knocking at our door again once he’s ready for a bigger challenge. “Like staying up?” replied an impertinent Marseille fan.
Allez le nouveau chat noir; bienvenue, bonne chance et bon courage! I’ll leave the (on hold) Spanish welcome to Gino to Jake or others …