West Ham are considering a move for QPR goalkeeper Seny Dieng in the summer transfer window, a report from a print edition of The Sun (11/04, p67) has claimed.
Dieng has been outstanding for QPR since becoming the club’s first choice option between the posts, producing a string of impressive performances and spectacular saves to help Mark Warburton’s side to a comfortable mid-table position in the Championship standings.
That has already seen both Arsenal and Leeds linked with the 26-year-old earlier in the season, and now it seems as though there is fresh interest from the Premier League in Dieng.
According to this latest report, West Ham are now starting to take an interest in the recently capped Senegal international, and could make a move for him in the summer.
It is thought that the Hammers are keen to add more competition for Lukasz Fabianski between the posts, and with the Pole’s contract set to expire at the end of next season, that could eventually lead to a more regular starting spot for Dieng.
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There are currently just over three years remaining on Dieng’s current contract with QPR, which he extended earlier this season, and it has been suggested that the goalkeeper could be available for a fee of around £6million when the market reopens.
This could be a really smart piece of business from West Ham.
Dieng has been absolutely outstanding for QPR so far this season, with his performances arguably making him one of the most reliable goalkeepers in the Championship right now.
As a result, you do feel as though he could be ready to make the step up to the Premier League this summer, and it could work well for West Ham to give Dieng the chance to adapt to life in top-flight as Fabianski’s understudy next season, before taking over as number one the following season when the Pole’s contract expires.
It is also worth noting that for a player of Dieng’s quality who has a contract at QPR as long as he does, that reported £6million asking price feels like something of bargain, which West Ham must surely look to take advantage of before another Premier League club beat them to it.