Leeds United have been linked with plenty of strikers in the transfer market but none of those rumours have come to a fruitful end. The likes of Abel Hernandez and Matej Vydra look out of bounds and that has made the Whites turn their attention towards other viable options. If reports in the Turkish media are to be believed then, Kasimpasa striker Mbaye Diagne is being targetted by the Whites.
The player currently plies his trade in the Turkish first division and managed a tally of 12 goals in just 17 games. The Senegalese was signed by Juventus in 2013, however, he didn’t make any senior team appearance for them and his two-year stint with the Italian giants was largely spent on loan at other clubs. However, he impressed with his performance in the Serie D where he managed a goal haul of 23 in just 29 games while playing for A.C Bra.
The 26-year-old joined the Turkish outfit Kasimpasa in the January transfer window from Chinese club TJ Teda and he could be on his way out to England to continue his footballing career. Hull City have been linked with him as well and they are in the race to sign him for quite a while now, however, the Peacocks are looking to hijack the deal as they try to find a solution to their goal-scoring woes.
The Whites have lost the services of Pierre Michel Lasogga who went back to his parent club Hamburg. He managed 10 goals in all competitions last term and Bielsa will have to look for his replacements. Even their top scorer from the last term, Kemar Roofe, is being linked with a move away from the club so the forward options certainly look depleted for the club.
Diagne has a physical presence up top as he is strongly built and stands at 6ft 3inches tall. His goals to game ratio have been impressive wherever he has gone but the Championship can be a huge challenge for the 26-year-old forward. There are reports that the Whites are already in talks with the player’s representatives.
The Peacocks would look forward to challenging for the playoff spot and signing a striker or two is of utmost priority for the club. Kasimpasa, however, will not let the player leave on the cheap as he still has two years on his contract. The Whites are in desperate need of a striker and they shouldn’t waste much time in acquiring one as the new season draws closer.