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Leeds 'furious' after French side Nice hijack transfer on deadline day, it's pure drama

Jack Kenmare

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Leeds 'furious' after French side Nice hijack transfer on deadline day, it's pure drama

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Leeds are said to be 'furious' after transfer target Bamba Dieng snubbed the Premier League side in favour of a move to OGC Nice.

With hours left of Thursday's window, it emerged that Jesse Marsch's side had agreed a deal worth €10million for Marseille forward Dieng, who was expected to travel to Leeds Bradford airport ahead of penning a contract.

Andrea Radrizzani, the majority owner of Leeds, even tweeted at 1pm about the proposed transfer. "Let's welcome Bamba Dieng and we will continue to work on [Cody] Gapko," he wrote.

A four-year contract ahead of a proposed medical was even agreed upon, according to The Athletic, but in a dramatic twist, Dieng changed his mind at the last minute.

In fact, at one stage, the 22-year-old Senegal international was sat in an airport terminal in France with a private aircraft on standby as interest from OGC Nice emerged.

Transfer expert Fabrizio Romano says Dieng has decided to join the French club and as a result, Leeds have been left 'furious' with how the deal broke down.

Here's how social media reacted to the news.


Jesse Marsch is keen on strengthening his forward line on deadline day. Dieng, who scored 7 goals in Ligue 1 last season for Marseille, was clearly one of their top targets but the club will now have to look elsewhere.

A deal to sign PSV's highly-rated forward Cody Gakpo also collapsed on deadline day.

Dan James, meanwhile, is set to sign for newly promoted Fulham after the pacey winger had a medical at Craven Cottage on Thursday.

The former Manchester United winger, who joined Leeds for a reported £25 million last summer, is seeking regular first-team football ahead of the World Cup this winter.

Thoughts on Leeds' last minute transfer business?

Let us know in the comments.

Topics: Leeds United, Transfers, Marseille, Nice, Ligue 1, Premier League

Jack Kenmare
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