Premier League rivals Fulham and Everton have reportedly stolen a march on Newcastle United in the race to sign highly-rated Marseille forward Bamba Dieng.
The Senegal international was said to be one of a number of attacking players under consideration by the Magpies hierachy as they look to boost Eddie Howe’s squad before the transfer window closes in September.
United have been linked with several players at home and abroad as they look to provide competition for Callum Wilson and Chris Wood, as well as providing further strength-in-depth on both wings.
Marseille star Dieng has been watched by Magpies scouts in recent months and has impressed with several eye-catching performances for the Ligue 1 club.
However, competition for the forward has been fierce with Fulham and Everton said to have opened talks with Marseille and the player’s representatives over the last week.
Journalist Fabrizio Romano recently reported Dieng would be allowed to leave for a fee of around £12.7million and claimed that ‘more that two Premier League clubs’ retained an interest in his services.
Fellow writer Dean Jones confirmed Newcastle’s interest in Dieng but believes their Premier League rivals are closer to securing a deal before the transfer window closes.
He told GiveMeSport: “Dieng is one they (Newcastle) really like as well.
“I think after looking further into it, they’ve discovered that Fulham and Everton are actually further ahead than they are in terms of scoping out what the deal is and whether they can get him to the Premier League.
“And I think there’ll be other clubs keeping an eye on the situation.”
Benfica forward Goncalo Ramos and Chelsea trio Callum Hudson-Odoi, Christian Pulisic and Armando Broja are also believed to be under consideration by the Magpies as they look to bring a successful conclusion to the transfer window.