Report - Leeds plot raid for int’l striker with one top flight goal every 44 mins in 19/20
Leeds United are interested in signing Galatasaray forward Mbaye Diagne this summer, according to Turkish outlet Takvim.
The report suggests that the Whites are considering a number of striking targets as they prepare for their long-awaited return to the Premier League, and have identified the 28-year-old as one potential option.
The player has spent the majority of this season on loan at Belgian side Club Brugge, but has only managed six league appearances.
Despite his lack of game time, however, he has impressed in front of goal, hitting four goals in just 177 minutes in the Belgian top flight – one every 44 minutes.
The Senegal international is set to return to Turkey now that the season in Belgium has been brought to an end by the Coronavirus pandemic, although it is understood that his parent club are still not entirely decided on their plans for him this summer.
If they do decide to sell, Leeds are listed as one of his most likely destinations, although the report also states that Premier League outfit Watford and Championship rivals Nottingham Forest are also taking an interest in the hitman.
Subscribe to Football Insider TV now
Turkish outlet A Spor reported last month that a bid of around £6 million could be enough to tempt Galatasaray into selling the forward.
If that really is their asking price, then Diagne could definitely be worth a gamble.
The striker has 42 goals in 49 career appearances in the Turkish top flight, and has even picked up a bit of Champions League experience this season too.
Moreover, he looks to pose a much more potent threat than the one we have seen from Patrick Bamford has this term.
Diagne’s shot accuracy is 14.6% better than Bamford’s, while his xG is 0.36 higher per match, and his goals per game eclipses the Englishman’s by 0.22, as per Wyscout.
He also has more successful dribbles, more aerial duels won, and more passes completed per game too.
Of course, there’s always an element of risk involved in taking a striker with no experience in England to the Premier League, but if it comes off it could be a great move for the Whites.
In other Leeds United news, ‘It’s a disgrace’ – Adrian Durham reacts to news that could have huge impact on Leeds promotion.