Leeds, West Ham join race for impressive Serie A defender as price tag set

Date published: Tuesday 30th March 2021 2:17 - Samuel Bannister

The list of Premier League suitors for Sampdoria defender Omar Colley has grown to four, according to reports in Italy.

Colley has been linked with a move to England for some time. For example, he was suggested as a back-up target for Liverpool even before they suffered a number of injuries at the back. Such a move no longer seems to be under consideration, but the Premier League could still beckon for the 28-year-old.

Even though he only signed a contract extension with Sampdoria in January, Colley could still depart in the summer.

Fulham were close to signing the Gambia international in October, and it appears they remain in the hunt. But they are far from alone.

According to ClubDoria46, Colley is also being eyed by Leeds, Newcastle and West Ham. What’s more, Sampdoria are open to a sale.

The Italian club have the chance to make a decent profit on Colley, capitalising on his fine form this season. His price tag has risen since last summer, but still only stands at around €10m-€15m.

That makes him an affordable target who could provide experience to a Premier League backline. He has never played in England, but could have the opportunity to do so.


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Leeds invested in their defence last summer with the signings of Diego Llorente and Robin Koch. However, both have struggled with injuries, meaning the Whites continue to be linked with other options.

West Ham also entered the market for a defender during the 2020 summer transfer window. The loan addition of Craig Dawson seemed underwhelming at first, but he has surpassed all expectations and could soon become a permanent signing.

Even so, they may still be considering another option at the back.

Relegation rivals want Colley

And Newcastle will also be planning for the future, hoping that will be spent in the Premier League again and not the Championship. The same goes for relegation rivals Fulham, who appear to have kept sight of Colley.

It is not yet clear which side has the advantage in the race to sign him. What is apparent, though, is that Colley will be a man in demand this summer.

His form has been important for both club and country this season. He has been a regular for Sampdoria under manager Claudio Ranieri, playing every game he has been available for since mid-December.

And at international level, he has helped Gambia qualify for the African Cup of Nations for the first time in their history.

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