Leeds eye January swoop for in-form Diagne

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According to Turkish Football, Leeds United are continuing to scout Kasimpasa forward Mbaye Diagne with the view to a potential move at the start of 2019.

What’s the story?

Leeds were credited with an interest in Diagne during the summer transfer window, and are believed to have held talks with Kasimpasa over a potential move.

The centre-forward ultimately remained at his Turkish club, but according to Turkish Football, Leeds are still interested in doing a deal.

The report claims that the Championship outfit will watch Diagne in action against Alanyaspor this weekend as they continue to monitor his performances.

The 26-year-old was actually signed by Juventus in 2013, but he never made a first-team appearance for the Italian champions before leaving in 2015.

The forward scored 15 league goals in 45 appearances for Chinese outfit Tianjin Teda between 2016 and 2017 before completing a move to Kasimpasa earlier this year.

Should Leeds make him a priority?

As it stands, Leeds only have one fit senior centre-forward, with Kemar Roofe and Patrick Bamford on the sidelines.

Roofe will not be out of action for too long, but Bamford has a serious knee problem, and will not return to the field until 2019.

Diagne managed 12 goals in 17 appearances for his Turkish club last season, and it is not a surprise that a number of clubs are being linked with his services.

The Senegal international has also started this term in staggering form, managing seven goals in five Super Lig appearances.

The fact that the forward has never played in England makes the deal a slight risk, but it would be some coup for Leeds if they could sign the 6ft 3in ace.

Indeed, a player with obvious pace, power and an eye for goal, Diagne could fire Leeds to the Premier League in the second half of the 2018-19 campaign.