Leicester target Bounedjah signs new deal in Qatar

Algerian striker Baghdad Bounedjah has signed a new deal with Qatari club Al Sadd, ending speculation with regards to a potential move to Leicester City and Europe.

Bounedjah, who is set to finish as the top scorer in 2018 for club and country with more goals than the likes of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, has signed a new deal keeping him in the Middle East until 2024.

Leeds United (Championship) and Marseille (Ligue 1) had also been linked with the 26-year-old forward in recent months who has 59 goals this calendar year despite Algeria not qualifying for the World Cup in Russia.

Many Algerian football fans were expecting Bounedjah to move on from Qatar and test himself in Europe, but at least he will have regular game time ahead of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations which is important for the national team.

The Foxes were linked with the super striker earlier in the week but they will now pursue other targets elsewhere in the January transfer window. Leicester have signed three Algerian footballers since 2014 – Riyad Mahrez, Islam Slimani and the latest purchase Rachid Ghezzal.

Bounedjah was Algeria’s top scorer in 2018 with seven goals. Follow all the Algerian football transfers in English with DZ Football.

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