A bizarre report from French reporter Mohamed Toubache – as per GFFN – claims Leeds United have returned to the table to sign Marseille striker Bamba Dieng, after coming close to signing the Senegal star in the summer window.

It was manic at Elland Road on deadline day. Victor Orta woke up on deadline day in Eindhoven, confident he had convinced Cody Gakpo to move to Leeds. But the new Liverpool star had a change of mind overnight, rejecting a deal.

So, Leeds turned their attention to 17-time Senegal star Dieng. A move looked as good as done – with Leeds owner Andrea Radrizzani even urging fans to welcome the forward. But he did not board a plane to England, from the airport.

Instead, Dieng chose to join Nice. However, he failed a medical at Nice and has since remained at Marseille. This term, he has played just 12 outings – scoring twice. It is said that Dieng is set to join Ligue 1 side Lorient in the next few days.

Toubache reports, though, that Leeds have returned to the table at this late stage for Dieng. Everton are also looking at Dieng. But, Dieng wants Lorient. However, a move could fail, if Marseille do not sign Lorient’s Terem Moffi this month.

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Mohamed Toubache: Leeds return to table to sign Marseille striker Dieng

It would be a ridiculous turn of events and given Leeds have signed Georginio Rutter, it seems very unlikely, too. All of a sudden, Leeds look well-stocked in attack. Patrick Bamford is fit again, Rodrigo is firing, Rutter is awaiting his debut.

So much so, that Alan Nixon says Joe Gelhardt is likely to go on loan – with Sunderland and Blackburn fighting for his signature. Leeds are looking at a midfielder, namely Weston McKennie and Azzedine Ounahi. We do not need Dieng.

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