Bamba Dieng set to fly to UK after Leeds United agree £8.6m fee with Marseille
Leeds United have agreed a fee with Marseille for striker Bamba Dieng to sign before Thursday’s transfer deadline, according to L’Equipe.
The Whites have been tracking a striker all summer and had been linked with Dieng, along with a host of Premier League clubs including Newcastle United.
But after failing with a late move for Cody Gakpo, Jesse Marsch has returned to sign the Ligue 1 man and a deal has now been agreed with the player set to fly to the UK in the next few hours, with Fabrizio Romano claiming it will cost around £8.6m with add-ons included.
“Last minute reversal of the situation in the Bamba Dieng case (22 years old),” L’Equipe wrote in their report from 1 September.
“While the Senegalese international seemed to be heading for Lorient, he will finally leave for Leeds United.
“The English club reached an agreement with OM in the morning this Thursday on a transfer, the amount of which has not been filtered. The striker is due to fly to England in the next few hours.”
It’s been a long old slog for Leeds this summer to find a new striker, but it seems as though they’re finally set to bring someone in at the last minute.
Dieng was a great talent and had a good record in Ligue 1 last season, but with the new manager Igor Tudor coming in he has been lost in the shuffle and lost his place in the squad.
He initially was keen to stay and fight for his place but after being overlooked he has made the decision to move on, and Leeds have won the race ahead of another Ligue 1 club FC Lorient.
It’s a player that they have tracked for a while, so it’s not a panic buy, but they’ve left it late to get it done which suggests that there were some hesitations on doing the deal to begin with.
Now he’ll come in and provide competition for the players in attack and Marsch has the final piece of his jigsaw that he wanted all summer long.