By Matthew Shaw

12th Aug, 2022 | 8:10pm

Everton now locked in talks to sign Bamba Dieng as agent desperately pushes striker round

Everton are now locked in talks to sign Marseille striker Bamba Dieng this summer, according to Alex Crook.

The talkSPORT journalist has reported that Dieng’s agent has been desperately trying to drum up interest in his client, and it appears to have worked.

The Toffees aren’t the only ones in talks with the 22-year-old attacker, with Fulham also in the race, whereas Newcastle sources have distanced themselves from a move.

Writing in his latest Transfer Notebook for talkSPORT, Crook shared the news coming from Goodison Park over a potential move for a new striker.

“Marseille’s Senegalese forward Bamba Dieng is at the centre of a transfer scramble involving a host of Premier League clubs,” he wrote.

“Dieng’s agent has spent the last few weeks desperately drumming up interest in the £15m-rated Dieng.

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“While Newcastle sources have distanced themselves from a move for the versatile 22-year-old, Fulham and Everton are both believed to have engaged in talks.”

Get it done.

Frank Lampard has made it very clear that he wants new attacking reinforcements.

It has now even been reported by Fraser Fletcher that two new strikers could arrive at Goodison Park, with an approach now being made for Southampton attacker Che Adams.

Dieng would be an interesting move with the player clearly pushing for an exit given his name has popped up multiple times over the past year now.

Everton are desperate for reinforcements, with agents and clubs likely knowing that.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin is out for weeks with an injury, and with Salomon Rondon our only available option for Aston Villa, that makes it very clear how much we need a new addition.

If Dieng does arrive, he would also bring versatility to the table with the ability to play anywhere across the front three, something that covers the loss of Richarlison on paper.

Of course, the Brazilian was our main man and Dieng would need to do very, very well to get anywhere near to what he could do, but we have to give him that chance if he does arrive.