According to reports in Turkey, coming via website Boxer, Norwich City have moved to bring in Senegalese striker Mbaye Diagne for a big fee.
Boxer claim it is a done deal and that the price the newly promoted Canaries are paying for the lethal striker is €17m/£14.9m. Whilst that fee seems one that is quite high, it pales into insignificance when looking at the 27-year-old’s goal return.
Diagne, who only signed for current side Galatasaray at the end of January, scored an astonishing 30 goals in 29 Super Lig games, 20 of these for previous side Kasimspor and the other 10 for Galatasaray.
Boxer say that Galatasaray, who will receive what is their record fee for a sold player, were somewhat put out when the player showed selfishness during a penalty shoot-out as well as him not participating in the championship celebrations.
Leeds United fans might be kicking themselves somewhat as the prolific frontman was at one time linked with the Whites. As early in the season as October last year, Bielsa’s Leeds were linked with Diagne via an article written for website Turkish Football.
Even by then the Senegalese sharpshooter had 10 goals in just nine games. Issues with him not having enough to earn a work permit might have scuppered that move, but him apparently landing an EU passport has opened the avenues to a move.
On the striker front it couldn’t have been more of a contrast between Leeds United and Norwich City. Leeds struggled at times as the season neared its end, unable to convert many of the chances they had. In contrast, Norwich City had Teemu Pukki who was knocking them in for fun.
Leeds United’s loss in not getting Diagne could very well be Norwich City’s gain should reports from Turkey turn out to be true. Pairing Mbaye Diagne with Teemu Pukki might very well be that dual threat attack which will unlock Premier League defences.