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Leeds in talks with Marseille over deadline-day move for Senegal forward Bamba Dieng

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Leeds are in talks with Marseille to lure Fulham to Bamba Dieng… as Jesse Marsch turns to the Senegal forward after moves for PSV star Cody Gakpo and Wolves striker Hwang Hee-chan fell through

  • Marseille’s Bamba Dieng discussed a move to Fulham this week
  • Leeds intervened after their move for Cody Gakpo was blocked
  • Dieng has been a target for Nottingham Forest and Newcastle in recent months
  • Fulham signs Willian today, but after missing Roma’s Justin Kluivert

Leeds have opened talks to take over Bamba Dieng from Marseille.

The 22-year-old has discussed a move to Fulham this week, but Leeds has intervened after their move to Cody Gakpo was blocked by PSV Eindhoven.

Dieng has also been a target for Nottingham Forest and Newcastle in recent months.

Leeds have opened talks to take over Marseille striker Bamba Dieng from Ligue 1 club

Leeds boss Jesse Marsch has turned to Senegal attacker after other moves fell through

Leeds boss Jesse Marsch has turned to Senegal attacker after other moves fell through

Fulham are hiring Willian today, but after missing out on Roma’s Justin Kluivert, he is looking to add another winger and they are looking into a move for Leeds’ Dan James, who could leave when Dieng arrives.

Dieng, a 22-year-old international from Senegal, is regarded as one of the most exciting prospects in European football.

He scored seven goals in Ligue 1 last season but fell out of favor under Jorge Sampaoli towards the end of the season.

Marseille is understood to have pushed Dieng – who has yet to conceive this season – forward this summer to streamline their attacking options.

Dieng, a Senegal international, is rated as one of the most exciting prospects in European football

Dieng, a Senegal international, is rated as one of the most exciting prospects in European football

Then James from Leeds, who could leave if Dieng arrives before the deadline?

Then James from Leeds, who could leave if Dieng arrives before the deadline?

Reports in France on Wednesday claimed Dieng was approaching a transfer to Lorient with a negotiated fee of £6.9million (€8million), although the latter would be more interested in a loan with an option to buy.

Dieng moved from Diambars in Senegal to Marseille two years ago, scoring on his first-team debut in February 2021 in a Coupe de France win against Auxerre.

Eight months later, he made his senior international arc and scored a penalty in the shootout to help Senegal beat Egypt in the final of the most recent Africa Cup of Nations.

Jesse Marsch has turned his attention to Dieng after seeing a move for Gakpo’s collapse.

PSV have decided to keep Gakpo this summer and are determined to get him to sign a lucrative new contract with the club.

Wolves reportedly rejected a £17 million bid from Leeds for striker Hwang Hee-chan.

Cody Gakpo expected to board a flight to Leeds-Bradford airport on Thursday

Moves for PSV star Cody Gakpo (R) and Wolves striker Hwang Hee-chan (L) were canceled

Gakpo expected to board a flight to Leeds-Bradford airport with six family members and Leeds director Victor Orta on Thursday morning.

Orta had been spotted in the Netherlands trying to make a deal, but things appear to have stalled and Elfrink details a ‘special twist’ saw all flight details removed with the move reportedly off.

Meanwhile, Wolves reportedly rejected a £17 million bid from Leeds for striker Hwang Hee-chan.

Wolves were reportedly unhappy with the deal’s payment structure and now want to keep the South Korean international.

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