A target that has re-emerged recently, via 90min, is Marseille striker Bamba Dieng. The fleet-footed attacker hit the radar earlier this year when Newcastle reportedly sent scouts to watch him.
The young forward is a bit of an unknown commodity despite some encouraging displays for Marseille. He only arrived in France two seasons ago, initially on loan, from Senegal’s Diambars.
He played sparingly in his inaugural campaign but showed enough for Marseille to purchase him outright last summer for around £400k. A decision that has paid off on the pitch and could also net them a healthy profit.
It didn’t take long for Dieng to impress when given a run with the first team. After starting the campaign brightly with 3 goals, Marseille handed him an improved contract last December to 2024.
He finished the season with 7 goals in 25 league appearances, of which only 11 were starts. His sample size in France is small with just 42 total appearances and 9 goals. However, he has 11 caps for Senegal despite only making his debut last October.
Dieng can play across a front three but is considered a natural striker. The 22-year-old is a player on the rise but his limited experience would make him a risk this summer. He would fill a need and is affordable with just two years left on his contract.