By Angu Lesley
Football Writer, kick442.com-Cameroon.
French Ligue 1 side FC Nantes could be the next candidate in the race to sign experienced 28-year-old Cameroonian forward Vincent Aboubakar of FC Porto.
The striker who is almost certain to leave the Estadio de Dragao this summer has been previously linked with a move to French outfits Stade Rennes and AS Saint Etienne.
This Wednesday, kick442.com reported that the Saint Etienne switch looks unlikely leaving just Rennes in the race.
Almost immediately after that we gathered that FC Nantes are monitoring the situation of the big forward and former Cotonsport of Garoua man with an exceptional finishing ability when fully fit.
French outlet ‘But’ is reporting that Coach Christian Gourcuff and president Kita want a swift and experienced forward keepable of sorting out their attacking problems next season.
The same source says Aboubakar is on the Club’s radar though sufficient contact hasn’t been made.
Coach Gourcuff has masterminded the long term acquisition of two Cameroonians this summer; defender Jean-Charles Castelleto has completed a four-year-deal to switch from Stade Brestois while Nantes Academy attacking graduate Akram Tsague has been given a long-term deal.
Aboubakar is keen on a return to France though his current wage of 200,000 per week is not affordable for many French Ligue 1 Clubs.
Premier League outfit West Ham United, Turkish giants Besiktas and Fernabahce have also been rumored to be interested in the forward’s services.
The former FC Lorient forward has struggled for form and fitness in the last 12 months, restricting him to Cameos under coach Sergeo Conceição.
Having said that, Aboubakar’s energetic runs, and movements make pundits believe he still has much to offer elsewhere.
2019-2020 season has been forgettable one for the striker. Abou has made just ten appearances from which he has scored two goals.
In all, he has scored 73 goals in 156 league games since arriving Portugal in August 2014.
The Cameroon international with 20 goals in 63 appearance for country had his first taste of football out of Cameroon in France.
The Yaoundé-born striker spent four years in France, from 2010, and scored 32 goals in 119 appearances in the colors of FC Lorient and FC Valenciennes.
A switch to Champions League-bound Stade Rennais remains an attractive option for the forward though FC Nantes also represent a good destination, as he seeks to revive his career.
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