West Ham and Leeds have been dealt a blow with the news that Marseille could use Bamba Dieng as a bargaining chip to sign Terem Moffi from Lorient.

That’s according to a report from Foot Mercato who claim that Marseille are very keen to get a deal to sign Moffi, 23, over the line before the end of the month, and could use Leeds target Dieng to help facilitate that.

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Leeds and West Ham have both been linked with a move to sign Dieng for quite some time now (MediaFootMarseille).

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In fact, the 22-year-old was close to joining the Whites in the summer, before a last-minute change of heart led him to a move to Nice. However, that transfer was scuppered after he failed a medical, and he had to go back to Marseille, with his tail between his legs.

Since then, Leeds have been linked with a move to sign the Senegal international forward again (Leeds Live), whilst West Ham have switched their attention to Moffi (L’Equipe).

It seems as though both clubs could be set to miss out on their respective transfer targets though…

West Ham and Leeds dealt Dieng and Moffi blows

Foot Mercato reckon that Marseille have offered Dieng to Lorient as part of an attempt to sweeten a deal to bring Moffi to the club.

So it appears as though West Ham and Leeds could both miss out.

Not signing Moffi will be a big blow for the Hammers in my opinion.

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The 23-year-old is exactly what we need, and would be the ideal long-term replacement for Michail Antonio.

Lorient allegedly only want around £25 million for the Nigerian forward as well.

Leeds will be equally disappointed at missing out on Bamba Dieng. The 22-year-old seems to be perfectly suited to their high tempo and expansive playing style.

Marseille seem to be in prime position to beat West Ham to Terem Moffi, and as a result, Leeds may well feel the after effects.

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