West Ham are trying to get a deal to sign Marseille striker Bamba Dieng on loan over the line before the January window deadline day.
That’s according to a report from 90 min who claims that Hammers boss David Moyes is desperate to bolster his attacking ranks before Monday’s 11pm deadline.
West Ham’s need for a new striker has been well-documented over the past year since Sebastien Haller was sold to Ajax in January 2021.
Moyes has had to rely on Michail Antonio as his only option through the middle for a year now and that quite simply isn’t good enough for a club with aspirations of achieving success both domestically and on the continent.
Our chances of finishing inside the European places this season will depend heavily on Moyes’s ability to get a top-class striker through the door before the window closes.
And according to the latest reports, the Scot has his eye on one forward in particular…
West Ham want Marseille striker Bamba Dieng on loan before deadline day
90 min claims that the Hammers are trying to prise the 21-year-old hitman away from the Ligue 1 outfit on loan until the end of the season.
Bamba Dieng is currently away at the Africa Cup of Nations with Senegal.
RMC Sport recently claimed that Moyes want to bring the young forward to the London Stadium with Marseille demanding around £8 million for his services.
It seems as though the Hammers would prefer a loan deal for Dieng though. And that’s not a bad thing. There is no evidence that the Senegalese ace would thrive in the Premier League.
It’s best to get an idea of his ability to acclimatise to the robust nature of the English game before signing him on a permanent deal.
Dieng has bagged four goals and one assist in 14 games for Marseille so far this season (Transfermarkt). He has also scored for Senegal at AFCON.
He has been described as the new Didier Drogba by Get Football News France. Dieng possesses blistering pace, has fantastic movement and is a nightmare for opposing defenders. He is a pretty good finisher as well.
His country have a quarter-final clash against Equatorial Guinea to play tomorrow. So getting a deal to sign him done and dusted before Monday’s deadline may well prove to be difficult.
Dieng would be a smart addition for West Ham. And if we can get a deal done for him, it would certainly be better than bringing nobody at all in.