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Leeds Owner Wrongly Announces Dieng Signing On Twitter

Leeds Owner Wrongly Announces Dieng Signing On Twitter
By Eoin Harrington Updated

Leeds owner Andrea Radrizzani was left red faced after wrongly confirming that Marseille forward Bamba Dieng would be joining the club on transfer deadline day.

Senegalese striker Dieng seemed poised to join Leeds on the last day of the transfer window, and owner Radrizzani appeared to confirm the news when replying to a fan on Twitter.

He was left eating his words, however, when the deal collapsed later in the day.

Dieng not going to Leeds, to the surprise of club's owner

Marseille forward Bamba Dieng was in high demand on transfer deadline day, with West Ham linked with him before Leeds seemed to take the lead in the race for Dieng.

Leeds fans had spent the last few days hoping they could swoop in under the noses of Manchester United and sign highly rated Cody Gakpo from PSV, but some were left disappointed by the supposed shift to signing Dieng.

One fan expressed his frustration on Twitter, and was surprisingly met with a reply from the club's owner, who not only "confirmed" that Dieng would be moving to Elland Road, but suggested that Gakpo would be joining him.

It was a bold move - and a new one - for a club owner to take to social media on transfer deadline day, let alone directly interact with fans and speak out on transfer dealings.

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Radrizzani was left humbled, however, when the deal to sign Dieng appeared to fall apart late in the day and that, instead of Leeds, Dieng would be heading to the French Riviera with Nice instead. The circumstances surrounding the deal's breakdown were extraordinary, with Dieng seemingly changing his mind after arriving at the airport to head to Leeds, according to transfer window expert Fabrizio Romano.

That was not the final twist in the tale, however.

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In perhaps the funniest twist of the entire saga, Dieng would reportedly go on to sensationally fail his medical at Nice, leaving him stuck at Marseille until at least the January transfer window.

To make matters worse for Radrizzani and Leeds, it seems as though Gakpo will not be leaving PSV in this transfer window.

The Leeds owner was left embarrassed by the affairs with Dieng, but could see the funny side in responding to the same fan later in the evening.

Leeds have brought in Brenden Aaronson and Tyler Adams, alongside six other players, in this transfer window, and were recently linked with Ireland defender John Egan.

Bamba Dieng, however, is one player who will most certainly not be heading to Leeds this summer.

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