Striker Who Was In Talks With Leeds United Has Now Scored 7 Goals In 5 Games For League Leaders, Remains Interested In England Move

Kasimpasa striker Mbaye Diagne was in talks with Leeds City over a move to the Championship outfit over the summer transfer window.

Diagne has hit the ground running for the Istanbul minnows this season scoring seven times in five games.

Kasimpasa are currently top of the table winning all five games this season.

Turkish-Football reported that Leeds, Bournemouth, Hull City and Reading all held talks with Diagne’s representative Ediz Balkan.

Leeds were told Diagne would cost around £3.6m [€4m] but negotiations hit a snag after it was revealed the 26-year-old would have to get a work permit from the FA to play in England.

Balkan told us that they have applied for an EU passport.

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The striker was born in Senegal but is eligible for an Italian passport which would mean he could play in England without needing a permit.

Diagne was signed by Italian side A.S.D Brandizzo as a youth player before being promoted to the senior side aged 18.

After a spell at Bra the striker moved to Juventus in 2013.

Diagne’s representatives hope for his paperwork to be sorted by the winter transfer window and remain keen on a move to England.

In total Diagne has 19 goals in 22 games for Kasimpasa in all competitions since joining from Tiangin Teda last January.