By George Overhill

25th Nov, 2022 | 6:10pm

Boulaye Dia scored Senegal’s first World Cup goal with Leeds United “keeping tabs” on him for a move, according to Ben Jacobs.

The forward opened the scoring in the first half against the hosts on Friday (25 November), potentially helping to keep his country in the competition after they were beaten 2-0 by the Netherlands on Monday (21 November).

He is attracting attention from multiple Premier League sides, but also has a £10million option to make his loan deal between Villarreal and Salternita permanent, with the 26-year-old enjoying a strong season in Serie A so far.

Writing on his personal Twitter account after the goal against Qatar CBS journalist Jacobs said: “Boulaye Dia scores Senegal’s first World Cup goal.

“He also has six goals in Serie A for Salernitana, where he’s on-loan from Villarreal. Salernitana have an option to buy for £10m. Leeds, Everton, West Ham and Leicester all keeping tabs on him, too.”

Perfect profile?

Dia scored the goal that settled the nerves around Senegal’s participation in the World Cup, and if he adds to that strike in this tournament then he is sure to attract more interest.

Considering his form in Italy with Salernitana though, where he has two assists in addition to his six goals from 14 appearances, they may be convinced to spend the £10million before any other club gets involved.

The price tag premium on goal scorers, especially ones who draw attention on the game’s biggest stage, makes that a very reasonable number.

Leeds United are still in need of another central striking option, despite the admirable form displayed by Rodrigo this season, since Patrick Bamford has been unable to stay fit for any length of time for so long.

So if the Whites decide that Dia is the answer then Victor Orta may need to negotiate on two fronts, depending on if his loan clause is triggered.

Salernitana, mindful of the chance at a quick profit, may be open to making the deal permanent before immediately selling him on to the Premier League for a few million extra so this potential deal is one where the sporting director needs to get his interest registered early to beat any potential rush.

In other Leeds United news, the Spaniard has already been at work ahead of the January transfer window over a potentially game-changing attacking move.