Southampton consider move for Marseille striker Bamba Dieng

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Southampton are eyeing a move for Marseille’s Bamba Dieng after being beaten by Bournemouth in the race to sign Villarreal star Nicolas Jackson… as Nathan Jones looks to bolster his attack in a bid to beat the drop

  • Southampton consider move for Marseille striker Bamba Dieng
  • Saints boss Nathan Jones wants to strengthen his frontline in a bid to beat the drop
  • Marseille are looking to offload Dieng after failing to agree a new deal with him

Southampton are keen on Bamba Dieng from Marseille.

The Ligue 1 side have held talks with Dieng’s representatives over extending his stay at the club, but with no agreement in place the 22-year-old could now be sold.

Saints, who are currently bottom of the Premier League, are one of several clubs keen to sign the Senegal striker, as Nathan Jones looks to strengthen his frontline in a bid to beat the drop.

Southampton are keen to sign Bamba Dieng (left) from Ligue 1 side Marseille this month

Marseille are also interested in Lorient striker Terem Moffi, who was linked with West Ham this month, and could offer Dieng as part of a player-plus-cash deal.

Southampton were in the hunt for a striker and were in advanced talks with Villarreal over a move for Dieng’s Senegalese team-mate Nicolas Jackson.

However, the Saints’ south coast rivals Bournemouth propelled them into the job after agreeing a £20.3million fee for the 21-year-old winger.

Saints wanted Nicolas Jackson from Villarreal but Bournemouth agreed to sign him

Saints wanted Nicolas Jackson from Villarreal but Bournemouth agreed to sign him

Saints boss Nathan Jones wants to strengthen his frontline in a bid to beat the drop

Saints boss Nathan Jones wants to strengthen his frontline in a bid to beat the drop

Southampton initially wanted to sign Jackson, who has scored twice in 14 La Liga appearances this season, on loan with an option to buy.

They then turned their attention to Jackson’s permanent arrival, but Bournemouth’s late bid put them in pole position to sign the promising striker.

Dieng has scored twice in 12 games this season, including 10 in Ligue 1.

Southampton are at their lowest in the Premier League, level on points with Everton after 20 games played.