Sheffield United have identified QPR stopper Seny Dieng as a potential replacement for Aaron Ramsdale, and believe they could land the stopper for around £6m.
Arsenal are expected to come again for Ramsdale this week. Reports have suggested that the Gunners want a deal done before United have a chance to play him in the League Cup this week.
However, it looks like the Blades are already putting contingency plans in place, should Ramsdale leave Bramall Lane.
The Sun reports United are eyeing a move for QPR stopper, Seny Dieng.
Dieng, 26, played 43 times for QPR last season, keeping eleven clean-sheets in the process. His form for the R’s was rewarded with a call-up and cap for Senegal, too.
The Blades already have Michael Verrips and Wes Foderingham on the books in the goalkeeping department. But Verrips has barely played, while Foderingham is third-choice, judging by last night’s selection.
United have spent nothing this summer so far. However, if Ramsdale does go for around £30m, The Sun claims the club will reinvest a chunk of that into signing a new stopper, with Dieng the first-choice.
Solid hands needed if Ramsdale goes
There is no doubt United need someone strong in goal if Ramsdale does go to the Gunners. You simply don’t replace an England squad member easily or from within, especially at Championship level.
Dieng, though, seems a smart pick, despite his relative lack of experience at the top levels of the game. He’s made just the 44 appearances for QPR, with a similar amount coming in Switzerland with Grasshopper’s under-21s.
He impressed at Loftus Road last term, though. Indeed, his manager, Mark Warburton, praised Dieng last season for his efforts.
“Seny’s had an outstanding season, he’s just human. It’s as simple as that,” Warburton said after Dieng had made a rare mistake against Norwich.
Not making mistakes is, of course, key for goalkeepers. And if Dieng doesn’t make them often, then he could well be just fine at Bramall Lane.