West Ham United are interested in a deal to bring Bamba Dieng to the London Stadium in the January transfer window.
That’s according to a report by French media outlet La Provence (via Sport Witness), who claimed that David Moyes’ West Ham side – as well as Crystal Palace, Newcastle United and Aston Villa – are keeping a very close eye on the 21-year-old Marseille centre-forward ahead of a potential move this month.
The report added that no offers have yet been made for the Senegal international, while it is also suggested that the Ligue 1 side will unlikely be willing to part with the youngster midway through the season. A further report suggested that the French side are demanding at least €15m (£12.5m) to sanction his sale this month.
Considering the sheer amount of potential Dieng seems to possess, in addition to West Ham’s desperate need for a new centre-forward this January, the news that Moyes is considering an offer for the 21-year-old this month is hardly surprising.
Indeed, over his 14 Ligue 1 appearances so far this season – only seven of which have come as starts – the £7.2m-rated marksman has already bagged an impressive four goals and created one big chance for his teammates, as well as taking 1.5 shots per game and averaging a goal every 136 minutes.
However, it is perhaps not his current output which is the overarching reason for West Ham’s interest, but his potential returns in the future. The player who Get French Football News likened to Liverpool’s Sadio Mane has received lofty praise from some of the biggest names in world football.
Indeed, legendary Chelsea centre-forward Didier Drogba said of Dieng: “I wish him the best. It goes fast, very fast. When I see his performances, I tell myself that he has pep, he is skilful in front of the goal. He is in a team with a good dynamic, so why not? That’s all I wish him.”
As such, should West Ham indeed go on to secure a deal for the player who Jorge Sampaoli dubbed an “explosive” talent this month, and Dieng continues his current rate of progression, Moyes could well have the next Mane on his hands at the London Stadium. That will be a hugely exciting prospect for Hammers fans.