According to L’Équipe Marsielle striker Bamba Dieng has effectively turned down a move to Royal Antwerp, having not replied to the Belgian club’s advances. The Jupiler League side reportedly offered the forward a good amount of game time and a reasonable salary.
L’Équipe reported yesterday that Antwerp were preparing a €7m offer for Marseille striker Bamba Dieng – they were hoping to sign the striker before the Belgian transfer deadline on 6th September 2022, having already had exchanges between the two clubs.
Whilst it looked possible for Nice to sign Bamba Dieng as a ‘joker’ outside the transfer window, the deal fell through completely as Nice wanted to lower the price of the player, who failed his Nice medical on deadline day.
Nice-Matin are reported late on transfer deadline day that Marseille forward failed his medical at OGC Nice. It is a dramatic twist in a day that saw the Senegalese forward coveted by the Riviera club and Premier League side Leeds United.
According to Nice-Matin, Dieng “didn’t give satisfaction to the club’s management during his medical visit” and will therefore not sign for Lucien Favre’s side.
Earlier in the day, Dieng had looked set for a move to England. Leeds United looked to have won the race for the forward, beating Ligue 1 side Lorient at the time with a €10m bid. However, Nice then outbid Leeds with a €12m offer, which also included a higher sell-on percentage.
From a position where Dieng was set to fly to the UK to complete the deal, the pendulum swung towards Nice. Dieng then quickly agreed personal terms with Les Aiglons, before making the trip down the coast to Mediterranean rivals Nice.
However, the deal collapsed at the final hurdle, with the failure of his medical ending his hopes of joining Favre’s side.
Dieng is out of favour at Marseille, and new manager Igor Tudor was keen to sell.