Barnsley have today made their eighth signing of the summer with the capture of imposing 6ft2 centre back Bambo Diaby.
The 21 year old was born in Senegal but moved to Mataró, Catalonia at just four years old and spent most of his younger footballing days in the academies of Catalonia, representing Cerdanyola, Sánchez Llibre, Vilassar Mar, Premià, Badalona and Cornellà.
He earned a move to Serie A side Sampdoria in 2016, again featuring for their youth side whilst enjoying a loan move to Serie C club Mantova where he made seven appearances.
Diaby remained at Sampdoria until 2018 but failed to make a single appearance, being loaned out to Peralada (4 goals in 34 games) and a season long loan at Girona between October 2017 and June 2018 making his debut as a 26th minute substitute in a 1-1 draw at Levante in the Copa Del Rey.
He moved to Lokeren in Belgium in the summer of 2018 and made 18 appearances in their top division (Belgian Jupiler League), scoring once in a 4-2 defeat to Charleroi as they unfortunately finished bottom of the 16 team league.
Diaby has arrived for an undisclosed fee on a four year contract with the option of a further year in the club's favour.
It means Barnsley have replaced three defenders who have departed - Adam Jackson, Liam Lindsay and Ethan Pinnock - with four new arrivals - Mads Anderson, Toby Sibbick, Aapo Halme and Diaby.