Nottingham Forest have placed Marseille striker Bamba Dieng on their transfer wish list. According to the Daily Mail, the Reds are eying a move the player compared by El Hadji-Diouf to ex-Chelsea striker Didier Drogba.
Dieng has a clutch of clubs monitoring him. Celtic, Newcastle, Leeds, West Ham and Crystal Palace have all sent scouts to watch him at some point. In the case of Newcastle, Eddie Howe had a bid rejected in January.
The 22-year-old is under contract with Marseille until 2024. With that in mind, the French outfit will be in no rush to sell and it will likely take a substantial sum of money to prise him away.
That said, Evangelos Marinakis has so far shown some ambition. The Reds have signed 12 new players with an outlay of around £85 million, with more new recruits to follow.
Dieng is a versatile forward that can operate on either flank or as a centre-forward. During the 2021/22 campaign, he bagged eight goals from 36 appearances and interestingly, scored more times when operating out wide.
Forest are desperately looking for attacking quality. They showed a toothless side to their game on Saturday and Steve Cooper will want to be more creative in the coming months.
Forest place Dieng on transfer wish list
This would be a useful signing and the forward does have some exposure to regular senior action. It does feel a little bit like a signing with one eye on the future, however.
Forest would definitely welcome another left-sided attacker. The Reds lost Philip Zinckernagel in the summer and he’s not really been replaced just yet.
Dieng may well move on this summer. The Reds might have to fight tooth and nail for his signature though with a number of top clubs eyeing his signature.
Rumour rating: 7/10 – Dieng is a steady player but he’s not the finished article. At 22-years-old he still has some learning to do and would a relegation fight really be something he’d consider?
It’s certainly an intriguing link if nothing else. Dieng has two more years at Marseille and he’s unlikely to come cheap.
Marinakis has taken out his chequebook on a number of occasions this summer and he might need to do the same if this deal is to bear any fruit.