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The Covert Agent: Wanderers in discussions with Spanish-based winger

20:20 GMT+3 11/01/2018
Lass Bangoura
EXCLUSIVE: The Covert Agent reveals the red and black are closing in on a foreign winger

Western Sydney Wanderers have started talks with Rayo Vallecano winger Alhassane "Lass" Bangoura as a replacement for Japanese attacker Jumpei Kusukami.

The Covert Agent can reveal that Wanderers are keen to bring the Guinean attacker to the club, but discussions are currently complicated by wage issues.

Bangoura started his career at Vallecano as a 17-year-old in 2010 and has made 151 appearances across Spain's top two divisions, with the bulk of those in La Liga.

The 25-year-old scored nine goals and assisted 14 during his time at Vallecano and has also had loan spells at Granada and Reims.

He is also capped 34 times for the Guinean national team - scoring four goals.

In 2015, Bangoura was rumoured to be a target for Spanish giants Barcelona after impressing against the Catalans at the Nou Camp.

Western Sydney have a vacant foreign spot after the recent departure of Jumpei and are looking to strengthen in wide areas.

The club is in sixth place on the A-League table with four wins from 14 games after a 1-1 draw at home against Adelaide United on Wednesday night.