Throughout the summer transfer window, Leeds United were heavily linked with moves for several strikers upon the arrival of Marcelo Bielsa. Eventually, they brought in Englishman Patrick Bamford for a fee of around £8 million.

One name that was linked with Leeds United was Senegalese striker Mbaye Diagne of Turkish Super Lig side Kasimpasa. It was widely reported that the striker was keen on a move to England, with Championship side Hull City also linked to the attacker.

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However, Diagne ended up staying in Turkey after scoring an impressive 12 goals in 17 League games in the second half of last season. In the first half of the new campaign, the striker has continued his stunning goalscoring form, seeing him linked with a move away once again.

Diagne has scored 16 goals in just 14 League games so far this season. It was reported by Turkish paper Turkish Football that Leeds United scouts had continued to watch the Senegal international, with a January move a possibility.

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However, in light of his stunning goalscoring form his arrival in Turkey from Chinese side Tianjin TEDA, Kasimpasa have slapped a hefty price tag on Diagne. According to Turkish site Cumhuriyet, Leeds United and other sides looking at the striker will have to stump up between 15 and 20 million Euros to secure the services of their star man.

Since his arrival at Kasimpasa, Diagne has scored a stunning 28 goals in 32 games. With that record, it comes as no surprise that the striker is being heavily linked with a move away, but he has said before that he would like to play in England.

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Although looking highly unlikely, the signing of Diagne for Leeds United would be seriously impressive, and would go a long way to helping them in their fight for promotion to the Premier League.


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