Newcastle and Everton-linked Wilfried Kanon completes surprise move
It was reported by The Sun in May that Newcastle United, Southampton and Everton were all interested in signing ADO Den Haag defender Wilfried Kanon.
The 26-year-old has been a stalwart in the Eredivisie in recent years. And The Sun suggested that he was attracting attention from a host of clubs in the Premier League, La Liga and Bundesliga.
The report added that Den Haag were prepared to sell Kanon for just £3 million with the centre-back keen to try his hand in one of Europe’s top leagues.
However, Kanon looked set to stay in the Netherlands with most of the windows on the continent closing without him sealing a move away.
The Ivory Coast international had made four league appearances for Den Haag this season, with his final outing coming in the 3-0 victory away to RKC Waalwijk last month.
But while the Magpies, the Saints and the Toffees did not land Kanon, he has got his move. However, it looks to be a deal that will catch many off-guard.
Den Haag confirmed on Twitter on Tuesday that Kanon has left to join Pyramids FC in Egypt, with the club wishing their now former defender well in the next stage of his career.
The club was previously owned by a Saudi billionaire, and is now in the hands of Emirati businessman Salem Al Shamsi as they look to challenge the country’s heavyweights Al Ahly and Zamalek. They came third behind the pair last year.
It is a surprising move from Kanon. And it is almost certainly one that leaves the defender with little chance of proving a point to the Premier League sides who were previously interested in his signature.