By George Overhill

10th Aug, 2022 | 10:10am

Leeds United target Bamba Dieng unsettled at Marseille after Alexis Sanchez move - Dharmesh Sheth

Leeds United have received a boost in their pursuit of Marseille attacker Bamba Dieng after the French side signed Alexis Sanchez on a free transfer.

The one-time Arsenal star was available after having his Inter contract terminated, and may threaten Dieng’s playing time at the Stade Velodrome.

That’s according to Sky Sports reporter Dharmesh Sheth, whose latest update suggests a move is becoming more likely for the Senegalese forward.

Writing on Twitter Tuesday afternoon (9 August) he said: “Number of Premier League clubs interested in Marseille striker Bamba Dieng.

“He fears game time will be cut with Alexis Sanchez arriving. 2 years left on contract.

“Was offered to NUFC in Jan. Part of Senegal AFCON winning squad.”

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The 22-year-old is in high demand, with 90min reporting on 4 August that the Whites were one of a host of sides keen on signing him this summer, from the Premier League and across Europe.

Jesse Marsch still wants a new arrival in attack and the Ligue 1 man, who scored seven league goals last season despite playing the full 90 minutes only once, looks to be an option.

Arnaud Kalimuendo replaced Charles De Ketelaere as the main target but a move has still not materialised, so Dieng could be a worthwhile alternative.

Victor Orta will have to make the club’s feelings crystal clear if he is to beat the likes of Everton, West Ham, Newcastle and Crystal Palace to his signature.

He can play wide as well as through the middle, so would offer some versatility in that sense if Patrick Bamford and Joe Gelhardt can remain fit.

If Dieng is worried about the arrival of Sanchez in the south of France then he may take some convincing to join United unless a clear avenue to first-team action can be shown.

In other Leeds United news, Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher were too harsh in their assessment of the club’s transfer window.