Transfer talk

Doumbia wants Baggies move

July 13, 2012
By ESPN staff

Arsenal transfer target Tongo Doumbia is closing in on a move to West Bromwich Albion.

Tongo Doumbia: Rennes midfielder wants move
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Rennes midfielder Doumbia will return to England for more talks in the next few days, although a fee is yet to be agreed with the French club.

The Mali international, 22, says the Baggies represent a sensible next step in his career despite being approached by more illustrious Premier League clubs including the Gunners.

"I felt more desire there [at West Brom]," Doumbia said. "Obviously, it is less glamorous than Arsenal but I'll be able to continue my progress. I will have more chances to play.

"This [the Premier League] is a championship that thrills everybody. I hope this is the beginning of a great adventure."

Rennes reportedly want at least €2.5 million for Doumbia.