Spurs flop linked with R26m Zamalek move

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Former Tottenham striker Souleymane Coulibaly is reportedly being lined up for a return to Egyptian football with Zamalek.

Coulibaly, 25, has endured a dramatic fall from grace since being dubbed the next Didier Drogba after scoring nine goals in four games at the U-17 FIFA World Cup with Ivory Coast nine years ago.

After joining Spurs as a 16-year-old in a reported €1.75-million transfer, much was expected of the Ivorian wonderkid but his career has thus far been surrounded by controversy while finding little success within a nomadic journey.

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Coulibaly failed to break into the Premier League club's first-team and has since represented nine clubs over the past seven years, with his stint at Al Ahly arising as one of the most notable.

The Egyptian giants forked out R19m for his services from Scottish Premier League side Kilmarnock and beat the White Knights to his services but after scoring six goals in 12 games, he returned the United Kingdom without notice.

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With claims of racism and 'not feeling safe' in Cairo being his claimed motive for going AWOL, FIFA ruled against his case and ordered a fine of R25m to compensate the losses of the three and a half year contract he signed in January 2017.

Since the drama, the Ivory Coast youth international played four games for Patrick Thistle in Scotland before returning to North Africa with Etoile du Sahel in May 2019.

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And after impressing since his move to the Tunisian top-flight, Egyptian news outlet Youm7 suggests that Zamalek are preparing a R26m offer for the journeyman.

It's been suggested the five-time CAF Champions League winners are awaiting Patrice Carteron, who recently signed a new contract at the club, to offer the green light for the lucrative transfer.

A return to Cairo where he claimed he was forced to flee due to racism is likely to spark further outrage amongst the fans at the Club if the Century.

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