Revealing he had probably played his final game ‘on his home turf’, it was only a matter of time before Dijon’s Loïs Diony was linked with a move to the Premier League.
Not because he’s particularly good (he’s not bad), but because he has all the physical attributes required to be a striker in English football.
Relatively tall and stocky, the 24-year-old has also shown in his first season in Ligue 1 that he can find the back of the net, and that’s why Bournemouth are reportedly interested.
According to L’Equipe in France, the Cherries have made Diony ‘one of their main targets’ for the summer as they look to bolster their attack for next season.
This could have something to do with Callum Wilson recent injury problems, as well as the struggles Lys Mousset has faced since his early move from Le Havre last summer, and Eddie Howe wants to add more competition to a role primarily occupied by Benik Afobe for most of the season.
Scoring 10 league goals and providing eight assists for a team battling against relegation, not only has Diony caught the eye of Premier League clubs like Bournemouth, but L’Equipe report that a few well established Ligue 1 side could provide them with healthy competition.
The likes of Saint-Etienne, Nice and Monaco are all said to have varying amounts of interest in the 24-year-old, suggesting European football could be a real possibility for a player who was playing in Ligue 2 just last year.
Bournemouth could have a real struggle on their hands here, especially if he feels staying in France’s top league for another year would be better for his development.