By Craig Scott

1st Sep, 2022 | 11:56am

Leeds United stage last-ditch bid to hijack Bamba Dieng transfer as discussions start - Phil Hay

Leeds United are making a deadline-day move to hijack Lorient’s bid for Marseille forward Bamba Dieng, according to The Athletic journalist Phil Hay.

Writing via The Athletic website on Thursday (1 September), Hay reported that Leeds are “discussing a deal” to sign the 22-year-old Senegal international, who is an out-and-out striker.

It is understood that failed approaches for Wolves’ Hwang Hee-chan and PSV’s Cody Gakpo have led to the Whites eyeing a last-ditch effort for Dieng.

Proper striker

Wow.

Leeds are trying to sign a centre-forward.

It only took Rodrigo dislocating his shoulder for Victor Orta and Jesse Marsch to realise there’s a problem up top.

Dieng isn’t really a prolific goal-getter though.

Last season, he scored eight times in 36 appearances across all competitions for Marseille, playing out wide on the occasion too on both the left and right wings.

He was mainly a squad player though and started just 11 Ligue 1 fixtures, netting seven goals – which is a good tally from the bench.

While Dieng isn’t prolific, he’s proven to be a good back-up option and if he’s happy to play behind Patrick Bamford and even Rodrigo in Marsch’s pecking order, he’ll be a welcome addition.

Bamford probably needs someone who drives a bit more fear over his rather cushty spot in the starting line-up when he’s fit.

But at this point of the transfer window, we’ll take anything with a pulse as long as they’re a striker.

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