By George Overhill

1st Sep, 2022 | 11:25pm

Leeds United were pushing inside the final hour of the transfer window to try to sign Blackburn striker Ben Brereton Diaz, according to Alex Crook on talkSPORT.

The club came into the final days of the transfer window apparently content with their options up front, but an injury to in-form Rodrigo against Everton on Tuesday (30 August) changed all that.

A deal appeared to have been secured to sign Marseille’s Bamba Dieng before a wild turn of events saw Nice steal in and take him off their hands just as he was about to board a plane to England, before he then failed his medical there anyway and remains at Marseille.

But after Everton and Fulham both failed to land the Chilean international from Ewood Park earlier in the day the Whites have made a late, late dash for him.

Speaking live on talkSPORT, in a clip shared to the station’s Twitter, Crook reported: “Late news reaching us all of the time. We’ve been speaking about Ben Brereton Diaz, scored so many goals for Blackburn in the Championship last season. Two bids rejected from Fulham this afternoon.

“Leeds United pushing late, having missed out on Dieng, to try and sign Ben Brereton Diaz. They’ve got 38 minutes to do it.”

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United must be aware of what the asking price is and must know that Venkys don’t want to settle for less if they have already brushed off two other Premier League sides.

So they are either chancing their arm or they have been shocked into action by the events of the final day to such an extent that they are willing to pay whatever it takes.

He is certainly on an upward trajectory in terms of his year-on-year goal record and has apparently mastered the second tier, so a crack at the top flight seems like the next step.

There have been so many false dawns in the past 48-hours, which have confused even Andrea Radrizzani himself, that it is hard to know what will happen next.

Even deals that are as good as confirmed haven’t happened, so when the dust settles from a crazy deadline day it won’t be unless there is a player photographed in a United shirt at Thorp Arch that fans will take it seriously now.

They’ve been put through the ringer at the close of the window but they just might still have something to show for it.

In other Leeds United news, a major exit has been completed even if nobody else does arrive.