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Dieng’s deadline day RAMP: Leeds is left fuming as the Marseille striker turns down an agreed £8.6million airport move – with a private jet on standby – and turns to go to Nice… club on the last moment
- Marseille’s Bamba Dieng appeared to be on his way to sign for Leeds United
- The 22-year-old was waiting to fly to Leeds when Nice made a counter offer
- Dieng ignored Leeds and headed for Nice but failed his club medical check
Leeds United were bummed that they had been ‘fucked’ after their transfer collapsed on the deadline for Marseille’s Bamba Dieng.
After football director Victor Orta agreed a £8.6m fee, the 22-year-old striker was sitting in a private jet terminal in France with his plane on standby to fly to Leeds for his medical treatment when Nice made a counter-offer. Dieng pressed for an answer, declined Leeds’ offer and headed for Nice.
Dieng then failed a medical in Nice, capping off a disastrous day for the youngster. Nice will try to revive Dieng tomorrow as they are allowed to sign one player outside the window as long as he is with a French club.
Bamba Dieng’s move to Leeds fell through and he failed a medical in Nice on Thursday
Leeds boss Jesse Marsch turned to Senegal attacker after other moves fell through
Leeds continued to struggle to find late alternatives, while Daniel James’ loan move to Fulham was postponed.
Owner Andrea Radrizzani had previously taken to social media to greet Dieng’s arrival after some fans expressed disappointment at Leeds missing out on a deal for PSV Eindhoven’s Cody Gakpo.
News of Dieng’s U-turn prompted Radrizzani to tweet: ‘Part of the madness of the deadline day.
“We’re ruined, it happens to even the best. We built a great market, planned and executed our targets at a very early stage. Keep it up.’
Orta could be justified in his anger. After rejecting an £18million bid for Wolves Hwang Hee-Chan on Wednesday, Orta flew straight to the Netherlands to sign Gakpo with the intention of coming back with his signature. But after scoring a hat-trick in PSV’s 7-1 thrashing of Volendam, the Dutch side blocked the deal.
Orta moved quickly to start Dieng yesterday morning, but it ended in a public rejection.