Reims manager David Guion is desperate to see Boulaye Dia snub interest from Arsenal, West Ham and Newcastle United in order to stay with the Ligue 1 outfit, as he told Senego.
The fact that only Kylian Mbappe has scored more goals this season than Dia is testament to just how impressive the Senegal international has been in 2020/21.
Fast, confident and an emphatic finisher, the swivel-hipped 24-year-old has already outstripped his tally from the whole of 2019/20, netting ten times in 15 starts for a Reims side hovering just above the relegation zone.
Newcastle were the first to the party but, according to 90Min, Premier League rivals West Ham have overtaken Steve Bruce’s side in the race for a £13 million-rated speed-machine.
Dia is also a target for an Arsenal side eyeing long-term replacements for Alexandre Lacazette, while Everton are in the market for a striker capable of competing with Dominic Calvert-Lewin at Goodison Park (Le10 Sport).
But, with Reims’ Ligue 1 status on the line, Guion could hardly be blamed for barricading the exits until February 1.
“The staff, like his teammates, we really want him to stay with us and we have told him,” said the 53-year-old. “I am optimistic that he will make the right decision.”
“We know that, from the start of the season, he is being courted. But I hope he stays at least to finish the season.”
Dia’s stunning displays have not gone unnoticed at Anfield either, with Senegal teammate Sadio Mane admitting that he has been ‘really impressed’ with the attacker’s development (France3).
Reims president Jean-Pierre Caillot told Top Mercato a few weeks back that he would not stand in Dia’s way if an acceptable offer arrives; although Guion will be praying that does not come to pass.