Turkish outlet Takvim have claimed that Leeds United are considering a move to sign Galatasaray striker Mbaye Diagne, who is currently on loan at Belgian side Club Brugge.
Diagne, 28, faces an uncertain window ahead of him after being loaned out by Gala to Champions league outfit Brugge last summer. It looks unlikely that he will remain at Brugge on a permanent basis, and a move to England is on the cards.
Leeds have been previously linked with Senegal international Diagne, who joined Gala after netting 32 goals in 36 games for Kasimpasa. The Whites face competition in pursuit of Diagne’s signature, from Watford and Nottingham Forest.
It remains to be seen if Leeds will do business with Galatasaray, given the ill-feeling between the two clubs after Leeds fans Christopher Loftus and Kevin Speight were killed before a UEFA Cup semi-final clash with the Turkish side in 2000.
Diagne is available for £6million this summer according to A Spor, and despite the rivalries, Leeds are interested. Diagne played twice in this season’s Champions League, making substitute appearances against PSG and his parent club.
TBR’s view – Rivalries aside, is Diagne a good signing?
Certainly, Diagne would be a top addition for the Whites given he has scored goals wherever he has played. Even for Brugge this season, Diagne has netted four goals in 12 games but last appeared in the Belgian league back in November.
Leeds need a striker, even if Jean-Kevin Augustin signs permanently. Patrick Bamford has been in and out of form and in a Premier League side, it remains to be seen if he would succeed. Diagne could supply the goals required to stay in the top flight.