Wolves are reported to be one of several Premier League clubs showing an interest in Bamba Dieng.
According to 90min, the club are keen on the Marseille striker, who has been viewed as the ‘new Sadio Mane’ (Mirror (05/01, pg 53) (GFFN).
Dieng enjoyed a enjoyed a great campaign in 2021/22, scoring seven goals in Ligue 1 and a further two in cup competitions.
Interestingly, Dieng – who is described as having ‘an electric turn of pace’ – has hardly featured for Marseille in their pre-season schedule.
The club have a new head coach in Igor Tudor, who replaced Jorge Sampaoli this summer.
Seemingly he doesn’t particularly rate Dieng, who is said to be determined to leave the club now.
Supposedly club officials back Tudor’s stance over Dieng and are pushing him towards the exit. Funds generated from any sale would be put towards a deal for Alexis Sanchez.
Marseille’s president is quoted as saying: “In football, there is no past, it’s now, the next game. We know the player, we know that he has real talent, value. But we must remember the values of modern sport.”
Wolves are said to be keen on Dieng. But there’s also interest from Newcastle United, West Ham United, Everton Leeds United and Crystal Palace.
And there is further interest from Germany and Spain.
Dieng, a Senegal international, has been with Marseille since October 2020. He made his first-team debut for the club against Auxerre in February 2021. To date he has racked up 42 appearances, scoring nine goals.
Wolves are said to be looking at four or five striker options at the moment – two are thought to be Hwang Ui-jo and Michy Bathshuayi.
Bamba Dieng could be a risky signing for Wolves
It is interesting to hear tha Dieng has not really been a part of Marseille’s pre-season.
But L’Equipe (via GFFN) report that Tudor exiled him because of the weight he has supposedly gained over the summer break.
That aside, Dieng only scoring nine goals so far at club level in his professional career perhaps suggests he isn’t what Wolves need at this moment in time.
Wolves have had goalscoring problems for two years and are currently without a striker.
Bruno Lage needs someone with a bit of prowess and reliability.