West Bromwich Albion have failed in their bid to bring Famara Diedhiou to The Hawthorns this summer.
That’s according to a report by Teesside Live, who revealed that the former Bristol City centre-forward has secured a move to Turkish side Alanyaspor despite being receiving plenty of interest from a number of Championship clubs – including Valerien Ismael’s West Brom.
The report added that the 28-year-old priced himself out of a move to a second-tier side this summer, having already rejected the offer of a deal from Bristol City which the club’s chief executive Mark Ashton dubbed as “one of the biggest contract offers this club has ever made to a player.”
With Mbaye Diagne having returned to Galatasaray following his loan spell at West Brom last season, and a deal for the 29-year-old appearing unlikely after the striker admitted that he does not want to move to a Championship club, up front certainly seems an area where Ismael will be looking to strengthen ahead of next season.
With Diedhiou having consistently impressed for Bristol City since arriving at the club from Angers back in 2017, the Senegal international would have certainly appeared to be a fantastic signing for the Frenchman to get over the line this summer.
Indeed, the £2.25m-rated forward scored 14 goals and provided three assists in his first season at Ashton Gate, bagged 13 goals and four assists in 2018/19, registered 14 goals and one assist in 2019/20 and scored 10 goals and provided one assist last season.
As can be seen, despite playing his football for a typically mid-table Championship side, the £20k-per-week hitman consistently returned an excellent amount of goal involvements for the Robins – something which, should a move to West Brom have materialised, would have likely only increased with the number of Premier League-standard players in the Albion squad.
However, now that his move to Turkey has been confirmed, Ismael will be forced to turn his attention in the transfer market elsewhere, with the man who Lee Johnson dubbed an “excellent” player appearing to be a big opportunity missed for the Frenchman and the Baggies.