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Leeds transfer target Moussa Konate put the final nail in Marcelo Bielsa’s coffin at Lille

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Leeds transfer target Moussa Konate put the final nail in Marcelo Bielsa’s coffin at Lille

The Amiens striker scored the final goal of Marcelo Bielsa’s Lille reign, in a 3-0 win for his side.

Leeds United are reportedly interested in a move for Amiens striker Moussa Konate. According to L’Equipe, Leeds are interested in the Senegalese striker, who featured at the World Cup in Russia this summer. The Mirror (print edition, 08/08/2018, pg 51) have since reported that a £6 million move for the 25-year-old could be in the offing.

Konate had a great season in France last term. He scored 13 goals for the French side. His versatility would make him perfect for Leeds and a deal would certainly be welcomed, despite the recent arrival of Patrick Bamford up front.

But, interestingly, Konate and Leeds manager Marcelo Bielsa share something of an interesting past.

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On November 20th last year Bielsa took his Lille side to the Stade de la Licorne, struggling to have any impact with the French side.


It was a game to forget. Amiens put Lille to the sword in a punishing 3-0 win. Harrison Manzala bagged two goals before Konate finished things off. He headed home at the back post after a well-taken free-kick.

It turned out to be the final nail in Bielsa’s coffin at Lille. Two days later, he was suspended. Poor results and his decision to exile some of Lille’s more experienced players had cost him. A month later and Bielsa’s contract was terminated.

So if Leeds did snap up the forward and he could help Bielsa toward success in his new job, there would certainly be a twisted sense of irony to the transfer.

Sports journalist based in Bristol. Everton fan for my sins.

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