Mustapha Bundu

Argyle Sign Mustapha Bundu

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Argyle have added forward Mustapha Bundu to their squad on Deadline Day.

Bundu, 26, joins the Pilgrims on a permanent deal from Belgian top-flight side Anderlecht, and has signed a two-year contract.

Mustapha is a Sierra Leone international, who has played 14 times for his national team, scoring three goals.

Born in the country’s capital, Freetown, he played in the city’s Craig Bellamy Football Academy established by the former Newcastle United and Wales man. This led Bundu to England, where he studied at Hartpury College, near Bristol.

After playing one game for Newquay, against Ivybridge Town, as a favour to a friend, Bundu joined Hereford United, for whom he scored 26 times in a single season in the Midland League.

His remarkable rise began with a move to Danish side AGF Aarhus, for whom he played over 100 games. In 2019, he scored ten times as AGF finished third in the Danish top division, with Mustapha picking up a player of the month award along the way.

In 2020, Bundu signed for Belgian giants Anderlecht, in a deal that set AGF’s club record. He has since headed out on loan spells to Copenhagen, back to AGF and, last season, with Andorra in the Spanish Segunda Division.

Argyle Manager, Steven Schumacher, said: “I am thrilled that we have managed to bring Mustapha to the club.

“He is someone we have been tracking for a while and will bring different qualities to our forward line.

“He is a full international for Sierra Leone and joins us from one of the biggest clubs in Belgium. He’s also experienced England, and specifically the South West before, so he will settle quickly and we look forward to seeing him run out at Home Park for the first time.”

Argyle Director of Football, Neil Dewsnip, added: “We are really pleased to bring Mustapha to the club and believe he will complement our forward line perfectly. He has international pedigree, is tall and athletic, but is also pacy and can run in behind defences. Mustapha can also play anywhere across the front line which will give the manager further options throughout the Championship season.”

The deal is subject to international clearance and the approval of a work visa. Mustapha will wear squad number 15.

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