By Mark Smith

3rd Sep, 2022 | 8:10am

It was Angus Kinnear who started the Leeds United hunt for Marseille striker Bamba Dieng on deadline day, according to the Daily Mail.

The Senegal international had agreements in place quickly to join the Whites after Kinnear made SOS calls to his intermediary and Saif Rubie put it together.

That quickly turned into the saga of the entire day though, as Dieng instead decided to move to OGC Nice at the last moment before failing his medical and staying put at Marseille.

The Daily Mail’s special report into the saga shows just how crazy it really all way.

Leeds made their move very quickly on Thursday morning and it looked as though that was set to pay off with a jet in place to have Dieng in West Yorkshire with plenty of time to spare.

But, the striker never got on that plane and instead headed to Nice.

The Whites were said to be apoplectic behind the scenes, with Victor Orta, in particular, said to be furious after Rubie broke the news to him.

In what will come as no consolation to anyone, Rubie commended both Kinnear and Orta as impeccable in their business and how they dealt with the transfer all day.


This all looks like Rubie simply trying to paper over the cracks.

In what world should an intermediary be coming out and trying to explain everything that had happened before 48 hours had even passed after deadline day?

Leeds will no doubt be furious again that these details have been shared, especially after Andrea Radrizzani admitted that his club was “screwed” by everyone involved.

That no doubt includes Rubie, as well as Dieng and his personal agents, as they looked to get a move to Nice instead, something that can still happen due to strange rules in France.

The Whites are now moving on and you can expect this move never to be revisited, with Wilfried Gnonto through the door and Cody Gakpo at PSV Eindhoven wanted again in January.

Nothing is ever easy on deadline day, but when you have friends like this in the business, who needs enemies? At one stage, this deal was all-but-done, and it proves you cannot celebrate anything until it is more than 100% done.

In other Leeds United news, the Whites have said see you again to one attacker after being left baffled by a deadline day agreement this week