Center back has been an area of need for D.C. United this offseason and the club have targeted Bakaye Dibassy from Ligue 1 side Amiens, according to Steve Goff of the Washington Post.

The 30-year-old Malian international, who also has played left back, might not be easy to pry from Amiens, which is in a relegation battle and reportedly aren’t keen to part with a key part of the club’s backline.

Amiens is 19th in the 20-team table with 20 points from 24 matches.

Dibassy, who arrived at Amiens on a free transfer from CS Sedan in 2016, has made 133 appearances, almost all starts, with Les Licornes, scoring nine goals.

He’s appeared in 21 games this year in all competitions, scoring twice.

Born in Paris, Dibassy has worked his way up the French leagues, beginning his career at Olympique Nosiy-le-Sec before joining Bergerac in 2010. Three years later, he signed with Stade Montois and left for CS Sedan a year later.

Dibassy has been capped four times for Mali and made his debut in 2017 in a World Cup qualifier against Morocco.

His last match was an international friendly against Senegal last March when he made a 34-minute substitute appearance.