St Étienne trying to loan Ousseynou Ba from Olympiakos

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Ligue 1 strugglers St Étienne want to sign Senegalese international central defender Ousseynou Ba on loan from Olympiakos until the end of the season, according to L’Équipe.

The 26-year-old is struggling for game time with the Greek side, notably blocked by Sokratis Papastathopoulos. The player is open to the idea of a move to ASSE, he can also play at right-back.

Talks were advancing promisingly, especially as Olympiakos have signed Kostas Manolas from Napoli in the centre-back position. The problem is though that the Greek defender has arrived with an injury and Pape Cissé, another key part of the Olympiakos defence, is at AFCON with Senegal.

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As a result, manager Pedro Martins is blocking the Olympiakos board from sanctioning a departure for Ba at this time. A deal could still happen, but not until the end of the window – this will force St Étienne to look at other candidates, with Harold Moukoudi and Saïdow Sou both leaving for AFCON themselves.

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