Brighton are reportedly interested in a possible summer move for Reims striker Boulaye Dia.
French media outlet Le10 Sport reported [via HITC] that the Seagulls are admirers of the 23-year-old, who is valued in the region of €15m (£13.46m) by his current club and is also on the wish lists of Ligue 1 duo Marseille and Rennes.
Dia had a decent scoring return for Reims during the 2019/20 season, netting eight times in 28 matches in all competitions and helping them to fifth place in Ligue 1 before it was abandoned a few weeks ago.
The Frenchman plays primarily as a centre-forward but can also switch to the right flank on occasion (as per TransferMarkt). A match average of 1.6 shots illustrates that he has a natural instinct to go for goal, while his average of 1.2 passes per game shows that he can also be a creative presence on the pitch.
If he were to link up with Brighton this summer, he would join an attacking unit that also includes £16m acquisition Neal Maupay, their leading scorer with eight goals this term, the reliable veteran Glenn Murray and young prospect Aaron Connolly.
Of those three, the latter may be most fearful of Dia’s possible arrival at the Amex Stadium. The 20-year-old Irishman had a memorable full debut in the Premier League when he scored twice against Tottenham last October.
However, those remain his only two goals in 17 appearances in the division, while he has lost his place in the team since a string of starts in the autumn. He has only featured in six league games in the last six months, starting just two of those (as per WhoScored).
Would Boulaye Dia be an upgrade on Aaron Connolly?
Brighton’s hopes of signing Dia could depend heavily on whether they retain their Premier League status. If they do and he is promptly brought in, then Connolly’s first team chances could be further dented.
Brighton fans, do you think Dia would be a good addition to Graham Potter’s squad or do the Seagulls already have strong enough attacking options? Join in the discussion by commenting below!
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