According to some major Turkish publications, Leeds United are keeping a continual tab over Kasimpasa’s Senegalese striker Mbaye Diagne.
Leeds have been monitoring the 26 year old for some time now and were ready to offer a deal but the move failed to materialise due to work permit complications but the striker is eligible to apply for an Italian passport which is bound to ease his move to English shores.
According to some sources, Leeds scouts were present when Kasimpasa went head to head against Goeztepe and Mbaye Diagne’s side emerged 3-1 winners. The striker didn’t score in the game but the forward has been in sensational form in the Turkish first division.
Since moving to Kasimpasa from Chinese Super League side Tianjin Teda, he has scored 20 goals and has assisted thrice in 25 appearances. Diagne’s performances have made Kasimpasa surprise title contenders competing against Galatasaray who sit three points ahead of them.
Kasimpasa were said to have asked for £3.6 million although a string of good performances might prompt the Turkish club to demand more. Leeds might have to pay £9 million to acquire the services of the 26-year-old which will make him Leeds’ most expensive signing beating that of Patrick Bamford and Robbie Fowler.
Biesla’s Leeds side has struggled in front of the goal in the absence of regular strikers Patrick Bamford and Kemar Roofe and a signing like that of Diagne is of utmost importance for the Whites.
United could face competition from Turkish League leaders Galatasaray who are going to make the signing of the 26-year old that much more difficult. If they do manage to pull it off, they could definitely challenge for promotion to the Premier League by the end of this season.