West Ham United are interested in a deal to bring Bamba Dieng to the London Stadium in the summer transfer window.
That’s according to a report by the Daily Mail, who claim that David Moyes’ side – along with Nottingham Forest, Newcastle, Leeds, Crystal Palace and Celtic – are keeping a very close eye on the situation of the Olympique Marseille centre-forward ahead of launching a potential bid over the remainder of the summer transfer window.
Earlier reports from France had revealed that, after falling out of new manager Igor Tudor’s good books, the Ligue 1 side are open to the sale of the 22-year-old forward this summer – with owner Frank McCourt believed to be willing to accept an offer in the region of €13m (£11m) for the Senegal international.
Considering the sheer amount of hype surrounding Dieng, it is not difficult to understand why Moyes would be interested in a deal to bring the striker to east London ahead of the bulk of West Ham’s 2022/23 campaign.
Indeed, the £9m-rated talent enjoyed an eye-catching breakthrough campaign at the Orange Velodrome over his 25 Ligue 1 appearances – only 11 of which came as starts – last season, scoring seven goals, registering one assist and creating four big chances for his teammates – playing a key role in Marseille securing an unexpected second-place finish in the league.
The 22-year-old also highly impressed over his five appearances in the African Cup of Nations campaign earlier this year, scoring two goals – in the round of 16 against Cape Verde and in the semi-final against Burkina Faso – to help Senegal seal their first ever AFCON title.
Furthermore, those in the know clearly have high hopes for the young forward, with former Marseille manager, Jorge Sampaoli, stating his belief that Dieng is an “explosive player with great potential,” while Graeme Bailey revealed that the Senegalese sensation has been labelled the “new Sadio Mane,” before adding that he feels as if the striker is a “serious talent.”
As such, while it is true that Moyes has already added Gianluca Scamacca to his attacking arsenal at the London Stadium this summer, should the 59-year-old be successful in his attempts to also lure Dieng to the club, he could well have unearthed the next Mane for the east London side – a prospect that is sure to excite Hammers supporters.