Report: Chelsea saw £16.5m January bid for Newcastle and Leicester target Habib Diallo turned down

Metz' Senegalese forward Habib Diallo (C) celebrates with teammates after scoring during the French L1 football match between Metz (FCM) and Nantes (FCN) at Saint Symphorien stadium in...

Newcastle United, Leicester City and Chelsea have been linked with Habib Diallo.

Metz' Senegalese forward Habib Diallo (C) celebrates after scoring during the French L1 football match between Metz (FCM) and Nantes (FCN) at Saint Symphorien stadium in Longeville-les-...

According to Afriquesports, Metz rejected a £16.5 million bid from Chelsea for reported Newcastle United and Leicester City target Habib Diallo.

The Metz striker has been in excellent form this season. He has posted 12 goals and three assists in 24 Ligue 1 starts.

A report from the Express claimed both Newcastle and Leicester were keen on the player ahead of the January transfer window.

But now it appears another Premier League club is pushing for his signature.

Afriquesports claims Chelsea bid for the player. Metz, however, rebuffed the Blues’ advances as they will only allow him to leave in the summer.

 

The same report cites Newcastle and Sevilla as others keen on the Senegal international.

Diallo, 24, has helped Metz to three wins in their past six games to move them three points clear of the relegation zone, posting two goals and two assists.

Chelsea may have looked at him as they wish to add more firepower to their squad. The Blues have relied on Tammy Abraham, but he has struggled with fitness of late.

Newcastle and Leicester, meanwhile, have scoured the French market before and managed to find some excellent buys.

The Foxes have added Fousseni Diabate, Rachid Ghezzal and Youri Tielemans in recent seasons while Newcastle signed Allan Saint-Maximin and Emil Krafth from France last summer.

TOPSHOT - Metz's Senegalese forward Habib Diallo (R) vies with Amiens' French defender Jordan Lefort  during the French L1 football match between Metz (FCM) and Amiens (ASC) at Saint...

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