In what could have been the move of the season, or perhaps one of the biggest transfers for a Gambian player, Bubacarr Tambedou turned down an offer from English Championship side Queens Park Rangers before opting for Hapoel Tel Aviv FC, according to The Nerve Africa sources.
The former Paide forward completed his move to the Israeli club last week, which has raised eyebrows among Gambian football community. Many have condemned his transfer amidst the ongoing conflict between Israel and Palestine, signaling strong support for Palestinians from the Gambian population.
According to Transfermarkt the player’s current market value estimates at €350,000. The English side made a hard-to-reject offer, but the former Real de Banjul FC young star believed that a move to Hapoel could offer even greater opportunities for him, despite the criticisms that may arise.
Tambedou joined the Estonian giants in 2022 and has since been a vital player within their ranks. During his time with Paide, Bubacarr was sent on a six-month loan to Moldovan champions FC Sheriff, where he won both the league and league cup before ultimately returning to his club.
The 21-year-old now aims to build a new life and career in Israel, with the dream and belief of making it to the top leagues, such as the English Premier League or even the EFL Championship someday. However, until then, any interest from those clubs holds no sway for Tambedou.