Leeds United could reignite Bamba Dieng deal with striker now main January priority
Striker is now the “main priority” in the Leeds United transfer window after the arrival of Max Wober from Red Bull Salzburg, says Sky Sports’ David Reed.
The defender has come in for a fee of around £10million according to Phil Hay on Twitter (3 January), and as a left centre-back Reed has suggested that throws the future of 257-appearance Whites captain Liam Cooper into doubt.
With the club tipped to now focus on attacking reinforcements, he has also mooted a shock revisit to the dramatic failed deadline day move for Bamba Dieng.
Speaking on Sky Sports News’ Good Morning Transfers on Monday (2 January, 9.34am) Reed said of the Wober arrival: “Interestingly, left-centre back, Liam Cooper the captain he’s the left-centre back there. What does that mean for his long-term future?”
And on further arrivals he added: “The obvious one when you talk about Leeds United, in terms of other areas they want to strengthen, as Southampton and a lot of clubs do, is a striker.
“Remember Bamba Dieng in the summer? It was on, it was off, it was on, it was off again. Don’t really know where he ended up? Well, he stayed at Marseille. Could they look to reignite that deal? Could they look somewhere else? But a striker is the main priority.”
After Dieng made a fool of Andrea Radrizzani by backing out of his move to Elland Road at the last minute when the chairman had already told fans to welcome him there has to be a minuscule chance this move happens.
The Senegal international was ready to board a plane to the UK before Nice came in with an 11th-hour bid, which itself didn’t end up being successful when the 22-year-old subsequently failed a medical.
He is sure to be available having only made eight appearances for Marseille this season, although he did score in his only start.
Stranger things have happened in football but it doesn’t even seem like a sensible idea now, as the pressure on him to perform and win over a previously-jilted fanbase would surely be overwhelming.
Questions over Cooper’s future sound more on the money, and while he is unlikely to be at risk of immediately being jettisoned by Jesse Marsch the 31-year-old’s replacement has just arrived.
Leeds United are excitedly gathering centre-backs based on their assessment of developments in the transfer market, and while his off-pitch influence surely holds more use in the dressing room than a small fee, if the club are hoping for a return then his value is unlikely to rise a great deal in future.