Leeds United have ‘abandoned’ Marseille striker Bamba Dieng after failing to sign him in the summer, according to journalist Dean Jones.
Los Blancos have remained keen on signing a striker all summer to bolster the attacking unit for the remainder of the campaign and agreed a fee with the French club to bring the 22-year-old to Elland Road [L’equipe, 1 September].
However, Dieng changed his mind at the last minute and instead opted to sign for Nice before failing his medical in a dramatic turn of events. [Fabrizio Romano, 1 September]. He ended up staying in Marseille once the window closed.
Jones, while talking to GiveMeSportsaid Leeds were no longer interested in making another attempt to sign the forward in the future.
“I don’t think so,” he said. “There’s no sign they’re going to come back for that one in January.
“I think they’ve moved on and will look for other options first if they need a new life in January.”
Leeds had a more than decent time in the recently concluded transfer window where they ended up signing six first-team players to really strengthen their squad.
However, one area where they definitely failed to strengthen as they would have liked was in the attacking department. After chasing several targets, they were forced to offer a deal for young Willy Gnonto instead of settling for nothing.
Even though Leeds might need another striker in January, largely due to the injury concerns surrounding Patrick Bamford, it would be the right move not to move for someone like Dieng.
The reason is clear and it’s because there’s no one bigger than Leeds. The club should only sign players willing to give their all for the shirt.
The way Dieng acted on deadline day when he snubbed Leeds’ approach and failed to show up for the flight showed a lack of respect for the club and they would be mad to come back for him.
Therefore, it is important that manager Jesse Marsch and sporting director Victor Orta only prioritize signing players who are in line with Leeds United values.
In other Leeds news, Los Blancos could reignite their interest in the Premier League winger if Daniel James leaves