By Joe Ellis

7th Jan, 2022 | 10:30am

West Ham should put up a fight for 'Drogba-like' Marseille striker Dieng

Newcastle United have joined West Ham in the race to sign Marseille striker and Senegal international Bamba Dieng in January.

The Hammers’ have interest in the 21-year-old Senegalese, who has broken into the Ligue 1 side’s first team this season scoring four times in the French top division, as per the Daily Mirror [5 January, Page 53].

They had been in a one-horse race for the “Sadio Mane-like” attacker but according to Sky Sports yesterday (6 January), the Magpies are now in the hunt.

Dieng hasn’t exactly burst onto the scene in France and he hasn’t netted for his national team in three appearances either.

He is by no means a finished product but that isn’t what David Moyes is expecting from him either.

West Ham are in no rush or desperate need to sign a striker given Michail Antonio’s fantastic season to date, with eight goals coming from the Jamaican international this campaign.

The 31-year-old is at the peak of his powers right now and signing a player that would usurp him would be a questionable decision.

Dieng, though, wouldn’t be an Antonio replacement, but an Antonio backup and the club should fight as much as they can to secure their man.

A player once compared to Didier Drogba by El-Hadji Diouf [RMC], Dieng is one of two options Moyes has to supplement his striker options.

Divock Origi has also been linked with a move to the London Stadium and would offer a more complete player in backup to Dieng.

Where the Hammers might be tempted to opt for the Senegalese international is the potential on display.

For Diouf to make such comparisons, Dieng must be a handy player and playing under Antonio could be an ideal chance for him to learn and improve his game.

In other West Ham news, Jack Wilshere has fired a warning to the Hammers over London-linked player.