By Will Butcher
Leeds have been given another boost in their pursuit of winger Anthony Limbombe after the wide man was left out of the NEC squad to face Hannover 96 on Saturday.
The 21-year-old has repeatedly expressed his desire to leave NEC, with Leeds at the front of the queue to sign him.
It was reported last Thursday that Leeds had had a £1.8million bid rejected for long-term target Limbombe as the Dutch club hold out for £3million.
Despite key members of NEC’s squad making an appearance against Hannover, Limbombe didn’t feature at all during the Germans’ 5-2 triumph.
This comes after Limbombe failed to train on Friday, making it clear that he is attempting to engineer a transfer with only a year left on his contract.
NEC are likely to cash in on their star-man rather than risk losing him on a free in 12 months time, and have signed a replacement after confirming the arrival of former Ingolstadt winger Reagy Baah Ofosu.
Dutch publication Voetbal International claim that Leeds aren’t the only interested party in acquiring Limbombe’s services.
French outfit Lille have joined Belgian Champions Club Brugge in hot pursuit of the former Belgium under-19 international, who scored seven league goals last season in 32 appearances, adding another seven in assists.
Leeds manager Garry Monk is keen to add width to his Leeds squad, with only Jordan Botaka, Stuart Dallas and new on-loan signing Hadi Sacko recognised as wingers.
It’s already been a busy window for Monk, with the former Swansea manager bringing in six new players. The most expensive recruit has been League Two Player of the Year Kemar Roofe, who cost £3million from Oxford United.
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