PREMIER LEAGUE CLUBS battle to sign Gambia striker

By Sulayman Bah

A Gambian striker has turned to a hot property as English Modou BarrowPremier League clubs battle to secure his signature, Foroyaa Sport can report.

Modou Barrow has been on trial with English second tier outfit Bolton Wanderers for over a week featuring in the club pre-season games. It didn’t take long for the 21-year-old Gambian-born to impress Bolton’s gaffer who swiftly acted slapping an offer in the region of 600,000 pounds.

However, the championship club proposal, it has emerged, has been waived out of the door by Barrow’s Swedish club Ostersunds who consider the offer below their valuation of the Gambian attacker.

Ostersunds club board’s move to reject Wanderers bid is prompted by the sudden increase of interest in legion of top clubs ardent on signing Modou with Hull City and newly promoted Premier league Queen Park Rangers (QPR) of Harry Rednapp all in the running.

Swansea City, Celtic, Middlesbrough have also been linked to making a swoop but Hull and QPR appears to be favorites to seal a move with both clubs able to guarantee the forward premier league football –considered the best of leagues in Europe.

A transfer looks to be finalized at least before Monday with representatives from Hull, QPR or Bolton to meet Ostersunds on the day of the Swedish club’s derby match against league leaders GIF Sundsvall.

Should the 21-year-old who has five goals so far in the season, pen an agreement, he I’ll be the first Gambian player to play in the EPL.

Omar Alieu Koroma came closed to being the first when he notched a contract with Portsmouth then in the EPL in 2008 under gaffer Rednapp.