Marseille target Yusupha Njie

French club Olympique de Marseille want to sign Gambia international Yusupha Njie, according to Portuguese sports newspaper A Bola.

Marseille meanwhile face stiff competition from fellow French top flight side FC Nantes, Spanish club Real Betis and Italian side Atalanta for the services of the 24-year-old, who is currently valued at £270,000.

According to A Bola, informal talks have already taken place between Marseille and FUS de Rabat though Boavista has the first-reject for any move to go through.

The son of legendary Gambian footballer and former Sevilla cult hero Alhaji Momodou Njie alias Biri-Biri, very little else was known of Yusupha when he arrived at Boavista in June 2017, signed on a season-long loan from Moroccan side FUS Rabat by then-manager Miguel Leal.

With his only previous club being Real de Banjul, his lack of pedigree meant that the signing seemed to represent something of a pressure-free gamble for the side and indeed the Gambian spent much of the first few months of the season on the periphery of the first-team.

Leal was dismissed from his post in September, which led to the hiring of Jorge Simão, who has since turned around the fortunes of both player and club. Yusupha was selected for his first league start of the season at the end of October in a 3-0 defeat to Porto and gave their Brazilian defender Felipe his fair share of problems on the night.

He was just beginning to pick up a head of steam before he ruptured his posterior cruciate ligament, an injury that threatened to curtail his whole campaign. Thankfully he made a far quicker recovery than expected and has since has become a key part of Simão’s side.

Yusupha’s importance is largely down to his ability to operate anywhere across the front three, a versatility that Simão has employed to good effect. His pace is a real asset, particularly when deployed as a lone striker as he was when he scored a brace in a 4-0 win over Vitória Setúbal.

The 5ft 8in attacker, whose contract with FUS expires in June 2020, has scored three goals in 11 appearances, clocking 672 in the process.