By Anthony Onifade

24th Jan, 2023 | 5:40pm

Everton to hijack Lorient agreement for Marseille forward Bamba Dieng

Everton are attempting to hijack FC Lorient’s move for Marseille’s Senegalese international forward Bamba Dieng, who has already come to an oral agreement regarding a swap deal with Terem Moffi, according to French journalist Santi Aouna.

According to 90Min earlier this month [6 January], Dieng has been the subject of much interest from Premier League clubs, a player who was famous for his bizarre transfer collapse when on the brink of a move to Leeds United last summer which failed to materialise.

And latest developments have suggested that the 22-year-old forward is being used as a makeweight in a deal for Marseille to bring in FC Lorient striker Moffi, however, the Toffees are attempting to “burst into the case” [24 January].

According to Aouna, taking to his personal Twitter account [24 January] has revealed that Everton are attempting to hijack Lorient’s move for Dieng, who has already orally agreed for a swap deal between the clubs for Moffi. However, the player is also open to a move to the Premier League.

He tweeted: “Lorient – OM agreement for Moffi (including Dieng). Moffi – OM agent agreement. Missing the YES of the player!

“But… Everton have entered the fray and are trying to hijack the Dieng – Lorient agreement. Dieng is tempted by the PL.”

Everton have been on the receiving end of a transfer hijack on Tuesday (24 January) with Times journalist Paul Joyce reporting how Tottenham have gate-crashed the Blues’ move for Arnaut Danjuma.

Reinforcements needed

It is incredibly bleak times for the Toffees who are now managerless following the sacking of Frank Lampard on Monday [23 January] after spending just a year at the helm.

However, it’s important the club look to move on quickly because their position as a Premier League outfit is in serious jeopardy, and whoever they bring in to drag the club about of their current demise has got to be backed this month.

There are talks of Marcelo Bielsa being courted as a permanent replacement, but he may well have reservations regarding the current state of affairs at Goodison Park.

What’s certain though, is that the attacking areas will be high on the agenda for any new manager the club appoint. And with just under seven days left of the window to go, Everton need to move fast in order to address the lack of quality in their attacking weaponry.

Dieng represents an ideal coup for sure, but it’s whether the Toffees can move swiftly enough to secure his services. Desperate times call for desperate measures. The next few days are huge for the whole football club.