Bamba Dieng left in limbo at Marseille after Leeds United snub and OCG Nice collapse
Marseille striker Bamba Dieng has been left in limbo following his catastrophic transfer deadline day where he snubbed Leeds United at the last before his move to OCG Nice collapsed, according to Jonathan Shrager.
The Senegal international feared for his playing time at the Stade Velodrome when the Ligue 1 side signed former Inter forward Alexis Sanchez, but after agreeing a move to Elland Road he backed out at the airport in favour of Nice, where he then failed his medical.
The Whites are reportedly not currently in contact over a potential January rerun, while the “joker” rule that was mooted to be used to get his move within France over the line is also not being investigated, leaving him out in the cold at Marseille.
Writing on his personal Twitter account, where he has over 123,000 followers, journalist Shrager said Saturday (10 September): “Dieng latest. No recent contacts with OGC Nice (nor any French club) to explore Ligue 1 ‘joker’ rule.
“At this moment, Leeds aren’t in contact with Bamba’s representatives about a possible January move.
“Omitted from Marseilles’ UCL squad, Dieng still hopes to get Ligue 1 game time”.
After what happened on deadline day it would be a huge shock if United even considered reviving this move having been let down so badly.
There will be plenty outside the club, and potentially a few inside, who will feel that karma has had a say in the way things went subsequently, and if Andrea Radrizzani was able to get over being embarrassed by the u-turn after tweeting for fans to welcome the 22-year-old, it would be a much bigger job to get them to do that now.
Perhaps ironically, there would appear to be a gap in the squad ready for them if they did, since the departure of Dan James, the subject of some unnecessary mixed messages from Whites since the window closed, did go through.
His exit was previously considered to be a one-in, one-out situation to allow for Dieng’s arrival and there was a lot of surprise that it was allowed to reach a conclusion hours after the striker’s signing was off.
Willy Gnonto did arrive but Phil Hay believes Leeds didn’t need to shift James in order to do that deal in the same way, so stranger things have happened in football should the winter window open and Dieng is available.
He is yet to play at all this season, and such is the situation he has found himself in he might struggle to do so over the coming months, so whether he would even be in the right condition to arrive anywhere mid-season and have an impact is now in question.
It was one of the most farcical situations of the transfer window and ultimately didn’t work out in favour of anyone involved, so resurrecting it in January seems farfetched, but you can never truly rule anything out when the window reopens.