Newcastle United might have gotten the brand new season underway with a convincing victory over newly-promoted Nottingham Forest, though the necessity for additional additions continues, with the ahead line, particularly, in want of strengthening.
Strikes for the likes of Alexander Isak and Moussa Diaby have damaged down because of the potential, sizeable asking costs, whereas the Magpies noticed long-term goal Hugo Ekitike be a part of Paris Saint-Germain, with their pursuit of Leicester Metropolis’s James Maddison having additionally but to bear fruit.
That has turn out to be a supply of frustration for supervisor Eddie Howe, though the previous Bournemouth boss seems to have recognized a goal who may effectively be the answer to these issues, with 90min reporting late final week that Marseille ahead Bamba Dieng is of curiosity to the Tynesiders.
The report means that the northeast aspect – in addition to fellow Premier League golf equipment West Ham United, Leeds United and Wolverhampton Wanderers – are all within the 22-year-old this summer season, with the teen having been frozen out by new boss Igor Tudor on the Stade Velodrome.
Earlier stories have claimed that the 5 foot 10 menace could possibly be out there for round £15m, with the Senegal worldwide additionally believed to have been a goal for Howe and co again in January.
The 11-cap gem has warranted such clamour following his glowing type of late in France, with the starlet having scored eight targets and offered three assists in all competitions final season.
That haul included a tally of seven targets in Ligue 1 alone for the “explosive” expertise – as dubbed by former boss Jorge Sampaoli – with it having confirmed one thing of a shock to see him forged out of late following the change of regime.
That additionally comes as a shock contemplating simply how highly-regarded the £9m-rated prospect is by these in his homeland, with journalist Graeme Bailey revealing how he’s known as the “new Sadio Mane”, with the expectation being that he can emulate his worldwide colleague.
Such a comparability is an actual marker of Dieng’s high quality, with Mane having been in actually particular type lately, notably having fun with a surprising six-year spell at Liverpool previous to his latest change to Bayern Munich.
That wonderful stint at Anfield – the place he received a plethora of main honours – noticed the 30-year-old rating 120 targets and supply 48 assists in 269 video games in all competitions, albeit whereas additionally sacrificing himself for the staff along with his relentless work ethic.
Like his younger compatriot, the one-time Southampton man can also be snug all throughout the entrance line and affords an actual dynamic risk for any aspect, with it no shock to see him already settling into life in Germany, having netted on his Bundesliga debut on Saturday.
For Howe and co, will probably be of giant curiosity that the Marseille man has been tipped to turn out to be the following Mane within the coming years, with the hope being that the 44-year-old may be the one to develop him at St James’ Park.