Eupen turn Marreh loan move permanent

Belgian side KAS Eupen have turned the loan spell of Gambia midfielder Sulayman Marreh into a permanent move after agreeing a deal with his parent English Premier League club Watford.

Gambia Sports reported in January about the 23-year-old’s intention to secure a permanent stay with the Eupen-based side as he became disillusioned with life at Premier League side Watford, where he has failed to feature since joining in 2017.

The Scorpions international was on a season-long loan in Belgium at the start of the season and has been a regular in Eupen’s midfield under manager Claude Makélélé, securing 21 appearances.

His performances were enough to convince the Eupen board who have now secured his services on a two-year contract with the fee reported to be around €700,000.

Eupen general director Christoph Henkel was delighted to keep hold of the former Samger midfielder who he said is sure to play a key role in their midfielder.

“Sulayman came to us as a young player and has perfectly integrated himself into the team and into the club.”

Henkel added: “He was one of our top performers this season and helped to ensure that we were able to secure our league status in the Pro League at an early stage and that we will once again start in the highest class next year. We are pleased that Marreh has chosen KAS Eupen. With him we can build on a strong and reliable midfielder.”

Marreh, who started his professional career with Spanish side Granada in 2013, was likened to Manchester United and France midfielder Paul Pogba, after scoring four goals during his three-year stint with the then La Liga club.