Leeds ‘furious’ as Marseille forward rips up transfer agreement and opts for rival move

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Bamba Dieng Credit: PA Images
Bamba Dieng Credit: PA Images

Leeds United are reportedly ‘furious’ after transfer target Bamba Dieng rejected their advances at the last minute and opted to join another club instead.

The Whites began to pursue Dieng after learning of Tottenham and Fulham’s interest in signing Dan James. The Welshman is set to join Fulham and is currently taking part in a medical with the Cottagers, according to Sky Sports.

Sami Mokbel of the Daily Mail claims Leeds have agreed a deal with Marseille for Dieng, who can play at centre-forward or as a winger on either flank.

The player was then due to travel to England to complete his medical and sign the contract as Leeds’ latest signing.

However, Fabrizio Romano has provided a big update on the pursuit. He states Dieng began talks with Nice, despite being at the airport and about to travel to England.

His negotiations with Nice left Leeds ‘furious’ as they were confident of bringing him to Elland Road. And according to an update from Romano, Leeds have pulled out of the deal to sign Dieng.

This means the 22-year-old Senegal international is set to join Marseille’s Ligue 1 rivals Nice. Sky Sports claim Dieng is attracted by the five-year contract Nice are putting on the table.

Leeds need a new striker following Rodrigo’s shoulder injury against Everton. Jesse Marsch can rely on Patrick Bamford, although he has struggled with injuries of his own in recent seasons.

Bamba Dieng, Gakpo no longer options for Leeds

Dieng is off the table, as is Cody Gakpo. Leeds were hoping to land the former Manchester United target from PSV, but Gakpo told Whites chief Victor Orta he didn’t want to join.

The Dutchman’s change of heart was similar to Dieng’s. He was due to fly into Leeds-Bradford Airport with Orta, but then changed his mind and told the director he wanted to stay at PSV.

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