West Ham United are keeping tabs on Marseille striker Bamba Dieng for a January transfer, according to a new report.
The Lowdown: West Ham’s scoring issues
West Ham have only managed to score 15 goals in the Premier League this season, the joint-third lowest amount of any side, and this is largely to blame for their poor season so far, given that they have the joint-seventh best defensive record, conceding only 24.
While it will be a relief for David Moyes that Gianluca Scamacca managed to score his first goal since October in the 2-2 draw against Leeds United last time out, the manager could still do with some more firepower in attack, and Dieng could now be an option.
The Latest: Dieng being considered
According to a report from 90min, the Hammers are keeping tabs on the striker for a potential move this month, however they will face competition, given that Crystal Palace, Leicester City and Everton are also weighing him up.
It is detailed that the Senegal international missed out on a move to both Leeds United and Nice in the summer due to medical concerns, but he has since recovered his fitness.
The Verdict: Make it happen
Lauded as being an ‘explosive player with great potential’ by former manager Jorge Sampaoli, the 22-year-old would be a fantastic option for David Moyes in attack, who still has his best years ahead of him to develop even further.
While he has largely featured off the bench for Marseille this season, appearing for just 158 minutes in Ligue 1, the forward managed to get a World Cup goal to his name, scoring the third in his national side’s 3-1 victory against Qatar in the group stage.
A record of seven goals in 25 league outings last term is respectable, while over the past year the 5 foot 10 marksman has displayed his aptitude in laying on his teammates by registering 0.31 expected assisted goals per 90, making him a different sort of player to Scamacca, who has 0 assists to his name in the same timeframe.