By Joe Ellis

2nd Sep, 2022 | 11:20am

Leeds United explanation offered by Victor Orta after Bamba Dieng saga

Transfer deadline day was a typically chaotic affair at Leeds United as two targets fell through before a third was eventually signed.

FC Zurich striker Wilfried Gnonto was the striker who eventually ended up signing on the dotted line as the 18-year-old Italian international left Switzerland with one year left on his contract.

But before he was brought to Yorkshire, Victor Orta tried to sign both Cody Gakpo and Bamba Dieng but both deals collapsed on deadline day and the club’s director of football has explained how the latter’s downfall came to fruition.

“When you start to think: ‘Wow, it’s really easy, it’s really easy,’ and then the calls doesn’t back (that). You say: ‘What’s happened? It’s not easy any more.’” Orta said to Sky Sports.

“I respect the decisions of the player. I don’t know how it’s going through your mind for change, you know? Perhaps the comfort zone: ‘I live in Marseille, I can go to Nice, 20km from my house or start a new life in a new country’.

“It’s true that it’s difficult putting the issues of the other people. I know that, I know myself. I have a war(?), I expend (?) my war/work on the good or on the bad things. But, okay. Again, it looks easy but at the end, it was not easy.”

Never dull

There is always something crazy happening at Leeds United these days and Orta is often at the centre of it all when it comes to transfers and yesterday did not disappoint.

From his flight back from Eindhoven without Gakpo on board to the last-gasp scramble to get Gnonto over the line, the director of football endured perhaps the busiest 48 hours of his life.

Dieng is a player that would have easily come to Thorp Arch and signed without a problem if his agent hadn’t got in his head with a better offer from OGC Nice which didn’t materialise anyway after a failed medical.

Jesse Marsch now has to trust that this teenage sensation can take to the Premier League like a duck to water or put his faith in Joe Gelhardt now that Rodrigo is out injured for the next month.

He can’t even shove perennial stop-gap, Dan James, up top now he has been loaned out to Fulham in another deadline day deal concerning the Whites.

In other Leeds United news, no deal occurred this summer but Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City are keeping a constant eye on this Thorp Arch starlet.