As is characteristic of most big name professionals, its never enough to just sit down on the bench and not seeing much game time. After a glittering career with Guingamp that eventually led Bakary Kone to sign for the League 1 giants Lyon in 2011, netting up to 86 caps. Kone hasn’t seen much first team action recently. For that reason a number of EPL teams made inquiries on the Lyon defender but it was Atalanta from Italy who really showed firm interest on the Burkina Faso International. However with Lyon offloading two other central defenders by end of January, it was mission impossible when we approached the player with an offer to join the Great trek to China. For that reason Yanbian Fude responded by signing the out of contract Nikola Petkovic at a cut price budget.
From the other end of upcoming stars. In what turned out to be a disappointing end to a very promising winter window, it all came down to small logistical issues to hinder a lucrative deal for the FIFA 2014 World cup player Kunle Odunlami. Just when the Chinese Super league is attracting an endless list of elite European based stars, it was Kunle’s chance to done the colors of Shenzhen FC. The Guadong based club extended their interest well back at start of December , with a deadline set for the 20th. However with a series of strict visa requirements for Africa based professionals we couldn’t beat the deadline despite some documents being shipped to and fro by DHL.
We at Joe Mart take pride in providing the best opportunities to both clubs and players. Its left to see, if within the shortest time remaining in the window if they can sign an equally good European based player.#ToGodbeTheGlory#