David Moyes should urge David Sullivan to sign Seny Dieng this summer, despite Queens Park Rangers boss Mark Warburton questioning West Ham United’s rumoured interest.
Via quotes by West London Sport, Rs boss Warburton has dismissed recent speculation linking the Hammers with a potential swoop for Dieng’s services this upcoming off-season.
Reports by The Sun over the weekend had claimed that the Irons are keen to raid the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium for the 26-year-old to land added competition for Lukasz Fabianski.
The 6 ft 4 shot-stopper’s efforts have put Arsenal, Leeds United and Crystal Palace on alert, with a view to potential changes between the sticks at all three Premier League clubs.
West Ham are now the latest side touted as a potential destination and it was thought that the Irons would have to pay £6m due to Dieng being under contract through to 2024, but Warburton has suggested it would take a much higher offer to tempt his side into selling.
“If you wanted to do something, would you go and put it in the papers? Where does this come from? Where do these figures come from?” he said. “I’m sure David Moyes and West Ham would go about their business in a far more professional manner if they had an interest in the player.
“And the bigger picture; if any player leaves, it will be for QPR’s valuation. Everyone’s got a price. The best player [in] the world has a price if you’re prepared to pay it. If any player leaves QPR, it will be if the board deem it to be good value for the club.”
QPR will certainly be in a strong position to hold out for a sizable fee for Dieng’s services at the end of the season, given his contract, the level of interest and the Senegal international establishing himself as one of the Championship’s best goalkeepers.
But that should not stop Moyes from urging Sullivan to seal a deal for the 26-year-old, as he would be expected to push Fabianski to his limits next season and rival the Poland international – who turns 36 on Sunday – for the number one jersey at the London Stadium.
Warburton could only laud the “outstanding” Dieng earlier in the campaign after edging his way ahead of two “excellent” options in Liam Kelly and Joe Lumley, and noted: “He is still young and his best years are ahead of him.
“There is no doubt Seny has all the attributes to go to the very highest level. That is not said loosely because that position is so important, but he has so many qualities.”
Qualities that Moyes would no doubt adore having at West Ham amid his alleged search for depth, with the sought-after Dieng currently ranking fourth among all Championship shot-stoppers for total saves made with 106 over his 31 games, per SofaScore.
Dieng further ranks first for saves made from shots taken inside the penalty area (74), has conceded 37 times from shots taken inside the box, claimed possession in the air the fourth-most times (26) and punched the ball away the sixth-most times (13).
Fabianski has made 85 saves over his 29 Premier League appearances this term, of which 44 have come from strikes taken inside the box to 31 goals conceded from shots in the area.
Moyes may not expect Dieng to instantly oust Fabianski for the position if West Ham can tempt QPR into selling, but the second-tier star could be a solid option to keep him on his toes with a view to eventually taking over.