By Modou Lamin Beyai
Italian club Sampdoria had an €8m bid for Gambia captain Omar Colley knocked back by KRC Genk, according to his agent.
Sampdoria were linked with the 24-year-old defender during this transfer window but failed to bring him to the Stadio Luigi Ferraris after falling short of Genk’s €10m valuation of the player.
Instead, they snapped up Danish centre back Joachim Andersen from Dutch side FC Twente despite fighting off overtures from Lille, Fenerbahçe, Besiktas and Watford to bid for Colley.
And the former Djurgården IF and Kuopion Palloseura defender’s agent Ferhat Cifci has now revealed why a deal never materialized.
“I can say that the basics of all have been the demands of the [Belgian] club. The transfer was not possible because of Genk’s high demands,” Cifci revealed.
Colley joined KRC Genk from Swedish club Djurgården IF last summer for €1.7m. His power in the air has also proved useful at the other end of the field, where last season, he scored four goals in 52 competitive games for Genk
He has two-years left on his contract with the three-time Belgian Jupiler Pro League winners.