By Harvey Byrne
Tokelo Rantie has refused to travel on Bournemouth’s pre-season tour of the USA amid strong interest from Leeds.
Farouk Khan, who previously coached Rantie in South Africa, has revealed in an interview that the Elland Road giants are keen to secure the 25-year-old’s signature.
However, Khan did also reveal that the South Africa international might fancy a return to his homeland.
“At the moment he is in South Africa working in the gym, but that is not really good enough to stay in peak condition,” said Khan to Times Media Digital.
“And there are some very decent clubs in Europe who are interested in signing him, Leeds being just one of them.
“He seems to be very much of the opinion that he should come home, but I personally think he is good enough to play in Europe.
“Bournemouth have been asking him to come back [for pre-season]. And eventually I think he will have to succumb because he is under contract with them and will start incurring heavy fines.”
The pacy attacker joined the Cherries for a then club record £2.5million in the summer of 2013 and he has gone on to make 53 appearances for the south coast club in all competitions, although his goal return is disappointing with just five goals for the club.
The Bournemouth striker only has a year left on his current deal and Leeds are reportedly in the market for another striker after bringing Marcus Antonsson to the club already this summer.
In other Leeds transfer news, the Whites are eyeing a swoop for Rochdale midfielder Callum Camps.