This summer saw Leeds United looking for a new striker to add goals to their attack. The likes of Abel Hernandez and Matej Vydra were both targeted, as well as the lesser-known Mbaye Diagne.
As reported by Turkish Football, Leeds were one of several teams interested in the Kasimpasa striker. The Senegalese star was said to be available for around £3.6 million and it would have been an interesting signing.
Judging by the start of the season he has had, it would have also been a successful one.
Diagne has been excellent for the Istanbul-based club so far this season. The 26-year-old has been in outstanding form. In his four games for the club, he has found the back of the net six times. Such form has helped his club top the Turkish Super Lig at this early stage.
Signing him in the summer was always going to prove difficult. He was unlikely to receive a work permit for the UK and that put buying clubs off. Leeds, for example, went for Middlesbrough’s Patrick Bamford instead.
Turkish Football reported this week that Diagne is still keen on a move to England. So much so, that the former Juventus youngster is in the process of applying for an Italian passport.
But if he keeps up his current form, Leeds might find he is suddenly worth much more than £3.6 million.