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Dieng the latest Ligue 1 striker to be linked

| 13/08/2022 17comments  |  Jump to last

While reports that Everton are in active negotiations with Stade Rennais over either a loan or permanent deal for Serhou Guirassy continue, a fresh claim has it that the Blues are in for another forward from the French League in the form of Bamba Dieng. 

Alex Crook of Talksport has tweeted that the club are engaged in talks with Marseille about the 22-year-old who, like recent signing Amadou Onana, is originally from Segegal.

A graduate of the Senegalese football academy, Daibmars, Dieng joined Marseille's development squad two years ago and graduated to their senior side last year. He scored seven goals in 30 Ligue 1 appearances last season and nine in all competitions and could be seen as an acquisition for the future by Kevin Thelwell rather than an immediate solution to Everton's dearth of strikers.

Both Fulham and West Ham are said to be monitoring Dieng's availability.

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Paul Kernot
1 Posted 13/08/2022 at 04:36:39
Bamba Ding Bada Boom.
Peter Hodgson
2 Posted 13/08/2022 at 06:59:17
Does anybody actually know anything about him? I haven't a clue.
Steve Shave
3 Posted 13/08/2022 at 08:09:18
Peter @2 - fast, agile and highly rated. Marseille fans cannot fathom why he is not liked by the new manager and some think he is actually their best striker already. I've watched a few YouTube vids of him and to me he looks raw and probably not what we need right now, one for the future.

Robert mentioned on another thread that Guirassy might be our best bet, a bit more Premier League ready and an absolute unit. I've said it before but if we are looking for a target man rather than a tricky trickster then look no further than Belotti, huge pedigree and available on a free. He has not really been linked much to the Premier League so I assume he doesn't fancy it. Shame.

The dithering makes me wonder if Broja is a serious possibility, I'd be delighted with that tbh, mobility and power along with Premier League experience. Ramos from Benfica linked yesterday looks like the real deal but would cost a pretty penny.

Gary Jones
4 Posted 13/08/2022 at 08:57:18
Looks like a very good prospect, and buying a couple of players up top with different playing styles will be important imho.

Ajorque or Guirassy should take care of the ‘physical outlet need', but someone with skill and pace, and able to play as second striker or coming off the flanks in a 3, would be a good profile to add. My choice here would be Martin Terrier.

If we add two more goalscorers it'll be an amazing window. Call me greedy, but either Broja (even if we add two) or Gallagher/Odoi on loan to finish it off and add the cherries on the cake please santa.

ps: What the fuck happened to ‘'fox-in-the-box' strikers? Do they still exist? Everyone seems to be “a unit” or a flying winger style now.

Paul Birmingham
5 Posted 13/08/2022 at 09:12:59
Gary, that's a good point about the striker styles of today.

It seems to me these days a player must have all-round playing capabilities, for my 10 bobs, worth.

Peter Hodgson
6 Posted 13/08/2022 at 09:21:30
Steve @ 3

Since posting my question, I have had a look around at some of the names that are currently being talked about. Dieng, whilst not having looked at any clips of him, does seem, as you say, a bit raw and not really what we want at the moment. At this stage of his career, he does seem a bit expensive too at something between £9M and £15M irrespective of his future (?) potential.

Belotti is older, and on the face of it, on his way down. With no club now, it isn't surprising that he has been dropped by Italy and, at a reported £18M price and his age now at 28 with his output decreasing too, he doesn't seem to be a good buy either. A bit like James really. Neither of them exactly fit our bill, I don't think.

With the noises coming out of Stuttgart regarding Kalajdzic, who looks to me to be the sort of player we need, going quiet then we may be pinning our hopes on Broja or ready to try and do something with Coventry and get Gyökeres to move up north. He, I think, would be okay for us at the right money.

Derek Knox
7 Posted 13/08/2022 at 10:21:57
What has happened with this Ludovic Ajorque fella, 6' 6" beast, or was that another Clickbait Link ?

I suppose as per usual, it will all end in a mad flurry in the last 24 hours where precarious deadlines can be too late, despite the Window having been open for weeks !

Let's just hope we DO land someone of quality, and not just a name because he was available, and allegedly always secretly wanted to play for Everton. 🎻💙👍

Denis Richardson
8 Posted 13/08/2022 at 11:21:51
Personally would love us to get Broja - can't see it happening until nearer the end of the window though, if at all, as presumably Chelsea would want to sort their business out first. Having just gotten rid of Werner not sure they're quite ready to offload Broja. If they get Auba however then I think we'll get Broja.
Peter Warren
9 Posted 13/08/2022 at 17:06:08
Rondon looked even worse than last year today!
Tony Everan
10 Posted 13/08/2022 at 18:32:48
We sold Lukaku, didn't replace his goals. We sold Richarlison and so far we've not replaced his goals.

It's not complicated is it? If you take players out of the team that can score goals, they must be replaced by players who can score the same ball-park figure. Even, god forbid, someone who can score more. Get it done, Everton.

Until we get that, we will struggle. The fact that we had little threat emboldened a very average Villa side today. Forest won't be too timid either.

With regard to Gordon, hold your fire if you can. He has been played through the middle twice which is Frank's mistake; he deserves all the criticism for it. Wait until we have a quality goalscorer through the middle and Gordon is concentrating on attacking from the right again. Give him a chance and a bit of time in his natural position at this point in his development.

Mick Roberts
11 Posted 14/08/2022 at 10:25:17
Yes, typically of our recruiting. Sell our strikers and then go, "What we need are anything else but a striker."

Absolutely mind-boggling.

Piero Bohoslawec
12 Posted 14/08/2022 at 15:32:52
From the admittedly little I've seen of Dieng on the Ligue 1 highlights show, I think he has the potential to shine in the Premier League.

As with any signing, it would be a gamble but a relatively low-risk one as he seems the right fit for Everton.

The only problem is that, with Calvert-Lewin out, we need someone to hit the ground running rather than someone with potential.

We have offered very little goal threat for a while now so I'd be happy with any striker who knows where the net is. Otherwise, our former left-back could be top scorer for a while...

Bernard Dooley
13 Posted 14/08/2022 at 17:50:31
Wherever Evertonians are currently residing on this planet, each one will know we need a striker pdq.
I have no idea if any of the rumoured names could join us and "hit the ground running". I'll leave it the experts, but they need to be quick.
In the spirit of speculation, one name from the Championship who doesn't appear to be interesting any Premier club is Ben Brereton Diaz of Blackburn Rovers.
He has got a couple of goals already this season and scored 22 in their league last season.
Is he any good. Anybody seen him play?
Robert Tressell
14 Posted 14/08/2022 at 18:38:13
Bernard #13, weirdly Brereton-Diaz signed a new contract with Blackburn rather than leave for free this summer. Had he left for free he'd have been an excellent signing – but I expect he'd cost about £20M now.

There are, however, lots of good striker options - available on loan or reasonably low cost.

Steve Shave
15 Posted 14/08/2022 at 18:49:25
Bernard @13,

Yes, Brereton-Diaz is a good player and very mobile too. I for one would be pleased with that signing. Knows where the net is, has pace and good in the air.

A few clubs were sniffing without taking the plunge, then Chile discovered he was half Chilean or something and called him up. He's done really well on the international stage and has a bit of a burgeoning cult status already.

For me, seeing that he can step up on that stage would indicate less of a risk by throwing him into the Premier League cauldron.

Bernard Dooley
16 Posted 15/08/2022 at 11:59:16
Robert # 14, Steve # 15 many thanks.
I would have taken a chance on him at a modest price but Frank would know about him from his time managing Derby but
Brereton-Diaz was only on the bench in both games against his team.
Matthew Williams
17 Posted 16/08/2022 at 00:11:08
I've just read the latest on this deal... now looking like it's dead in the water regards Dieng.

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