Portsmouth Target Attracting European Interest

Portsmouth are in a four-way battle for the signature of Western Sydney Wanderers’ striker Kusini Yengi, as reported by The News.

Pompey is rumoured to be up against an unnamed Championship club as well as clubs from France and Austria for the Australian striker’s signature. Yengi is currently plying his trade on Australia’s east coast in the A-League and has managed four goals in his 18 league matches this season.

Who is Kusini Yengi?

Kusini Yengi is a 24-year-old Adelaide-born striker who began his career with an Australian semi-professional side Adelaide Comets before a move to Adelaide United. He made his debut for the A-League side in February 2020 and went on to score six goals in 28 games before deciding to leave the club to ‘develop his football elsewhere.’

The striker’s destination would be Western Sydney Wanderers under the stewardship of Marko Rudan. The length of the deal is unclear, with The News article suggesting the player has two years left but Transfermarkt showing an expiry date of June 2024. Regardless of the remaining time, the player is under contract and his employers are reportedly looking for a six-figure sum.

What’s been said?

Western Sydney Wanderers’ sporting director Eddy Bosnar spoke to FTBL in Australia and confirmed they had received concrete offers for their player.

‘Yes, we would love him to stay as he has the potential to be a great player. But we will not stand in the way of players at the right time, and at the right price. I can say we have had several concrete offers for him.’

Writer’s View

Yengi’s goal-scoring record doesn’t exactly jump off the page and make you take notice at a little better than one in five and the talk of a six-figure sum seems a little high for a young man who isn’t prolific and would have to adjust not only to a new country but to the rigours of League One football.

However, Pompey manager John Mousinho is reportedly looking to sign ‘young, exciting talent as a wild card option’ and the Wanderers’ forward may be the man to fit that criteria as he has been described as ‘fast-paced and electrifying’ by his previous club.

The signing of Yengi would represent a big outlay for the Fratton Park side and the Pompey faithful would want to see an immediate return on their club’s investment. However, should he live up to his tag of ‘electrifying’, he could be the perfect partner for top scorer Colby Bishop while getting the fans off their seats.

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