Championship keeper opens up on transfer links with Leeds, Arsenal

Date published: Friday 15th January 2021 7:33 - James Marshment

Seny Dieng QPR

QPR keeper Seny Dieng has spoken of his pride at transfer links suggesting he is being watched by both Arsenal and Leeds.

Dieng has started 21 games in the Championship this season. He has kept five clean sheets and has only conceded more than two goals in two games.

Indeed, the Switzerland international has been a standout player in the second tier. Such has been his form, a report earlier this week suggested he could be rewarded with a transfer to the Premier League. As per The SunArsenal, Leeds and Crystal Palace are all said to have made the 26-year-old their “top target” for the January window.

All three clubs signed goalkeepers in the summer, but are still keen to strengthen the role. Jack Butland hasn’t played for Palace yet, while big questions are being asked about Runar Alex Runarsson’s future at Arsenal.

Leeds, meanwhile, could be in the market for a new keeper amid reports Kiko Casilla could be heading back to Spain. That said, the Spanish custodian received wholesome backing from Marcelo Bielsa on Thursday.

All the same, reported interest in his services has drawn a response from the 26-year-old. He has taken his time to establish himself at Loftus Road. Dieng has spent time on loan with Doncaster last season and Dundee the season before.

Now firmly in place as their No 1, he admits to being flattered to seeing his name linked with the trio.

“Coming to England without having played in Switzerland was not easy at all,” he told Basler Zeitung.

“When you’re young, you imagine everything to be a bit easier. I’m honoured by that (the transfer links).”

Whether a concrete bid actually comes in for Dieng remains to be seen. QPR are unlikely to entertain offers for the 6ft 4in stopper. Mark Warburton will be keen to retain his services as the R’s look to push for the play-offs over the second half of the season.

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Arsenal back in for Barcelona keeper

Dieng isn’t the only keeper being linked with Arsenal.

The Gunners are also interested in taking Barcelona goalkeeper Neto on loan for the rest of the season.

According to Sky Sports and Diario Sport, Arsenal are weighing up a bid for the Brazilian.

Neto is used to playing the role of back-up goalkeeper. He’s done the role previously for Juventus and for the past 18 months at Barcelona.

The Brazilian has played just 14 times for Barca, although he has found more game time this season with Marc-Andre Ter Stegen sitting out.

Ter Stegen is back in the fold, though, meaning Neto is short of action again. A move away could spring him back into action.

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