Both Cardiff City and Huddersfield Town head into the new season well equipped for the Championship having recruited shrewdly during their time in the Premier League.
Cardiff still boast the likes of Bobby Reid, Nathaniel Mendez-Laing, Sol Bamba and Sean Morrison whilst Huddersfield have clung onto Aaron Mooy as well as bolstering their ranks with players such as Reece Brown, Josh Koroma and Tommy Elphick.
But now there is one player that both clubs have their eyes set on, if reports are to be believed, in the form of Bristol City’s 13-goal striker Famara Diedhiou, according to Get French Football News.
So, what can we make of his situation at Ashton Gate amid these latest rumours?
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Why is there speculation surrounding him?
“Bristol City seem hell-bent on pushing hard for promotion this season, judging by their early summer business.
“And part of that is largely thought to entail bringing in a more prolific striker to lead the line rather than Diedhiou and cashing in on the 26-year-old could prove a usefull way to raise funds.
“Couple with that the fact that he is unlikely not to want to play second-fiddle and there you have it! A perfect storm for speculation.”
Will he be on his way?
“I think it looks very likely.
“There have been very few whispers with regards to who the Robins will be bringing in but I would fancy them to pull something out of the hat in the remaining weeks of the window.
“And as soon as that is tied up I imagine Diedhiou will be on his way.”
Which of the two interested clubs would he suit best?
“I would side convincingly with Cardiff on this one.
“A large part of the success of Neil Warnock’s side in the 2017/18 was focused around a target man in Kenneth Zohore leading the line and I would not be at all surprised to see Diedhiou deployed in a similar style.
“Jan Siewert seems more set on creating an intense, free flowing style which would not suit the strikers primary attributes.”
How much should each be looking to pay?
“I think they will need to be prepared to part with at least £5million
“At 26 he is still a player who can have a three to four years leading the line for either side, but given how the player is likely to want to leave should a new signing arrive could soon receive some leverage.
“The Robins will be keen to make a profit on him but if push came to shove I think they would accept a small loss.”
How much should Bristol City be demanding?
“The Robins are a very well ran football club and the powers that be will understandably be looking to make a profit.
“That would mean selling him for more than the £5.4million paid for him back in the summer of 2017 and I think they would be well within their rights to demand £8million for his services – especially with two seasons still remaining on his deal.
“As the window progresses that may well tumble down, but it would put them immediately in a strong position.”
Could Bristol City live to regret selling him?
“I do think they are taking a risk.
“Diedhiou may not be a prolific goalscorer but he has proven to be a very useful presence in attack for the Robins during is two seasons at the club in terms of bringing others into play and bullying the opposition.
“So, whilst I do think they could do better, I also think that the Diedhiou does have the ability to make Lee Johnson regret any decision he makes this summer.”