Newcastle United have been offered the chance to sign Marseille striker Bamba Dieng, according to Sky Sports.
The Senegal international is set to compete at the African Cup of Nations this month, however it’s claimed both ourselves and Serie A side Atlanta have been handed the chance to sign him for €15m (around £12.5m).
Dieng, 21, is a versatile forward who can play up top or down either flank, with three of his four league goals this season coming while he was playing on the left wing.
He is a product of the FC Diambars set-up in Senegal that was co-founded by Patrick Vieira in 2000 and has only recently broken into Marseille’s first team after arriving at the club in 2020.
Here’s a snippet from Sky Sports transfer centre:
‘Newcastle United and Atalanta have been offered the chance to sign Marseille striker Bamba Dieng.
‘Marseille’s asking price thought to be around €15m for a player whose contract expires in 2024.
‘Dieng is in the Senegal squad for the Africa Cup of Nations.‘
He may be highly-rated and the sort of player we could’ve brought in as Wilson’s understudy had our Premier League status been looking more secure.
However, with us needing proven players ready to make an immediate impact in Wilson’s absence, a move for the inexperienced Dieng would be a huge risk.
Not only that, the fact he’s set to miss the next month at the AFCON surely makes us even less likely to take Marseille up on their offer, for now at least.
Here’s him in action: