By Wayne Veysey

25th Jan, 2020 | 7:45am

Sources: £35m-rated striker tells Bielsa he wants to sign for Leeds as deal close

RB Leipzig striker Jean-Kevin Augustin has told Marcelo Bielsa he wants to sign for Leeds United as the club make progress on a stunning late-window striker deal, Football Insider has learned.

United have turned their attention to the international market after hitting a series of hurdles in their attempts to land their first choices in the UK.

A Leeds source has told Football Insider that the club are increasingly hopeful of prising Augustin from the Bundesliga club on a loan-to-buy deal.

Bielsa has made a personal intervention to try and persuade the 22-year-old to head to Elland Road for the second half of the season.

The former France Under-21 international, valued at £35m by Leipzig (Mail) has made it clear he is keen to play under the Argentine and reignite his career.

He has spent the first half of the season on loan at Monaco but has been a fringe figure and started just two league matches.

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Leipzig are open to the prospect of terminating the loan at the midway point and sending him to a club where he can play regularly.

He joined the German league leaders from Paris Saint-Germain in the summer of 2017 and was a first choice in his first first campaign under ex-manager Ralph Hasenhuttl, who is now in charge of Southampton.

He scored 12 goals from 37 appearances, with nine of those strikes coming in 25 league matches.

Augustin was less effective at Leipzig last season with eight goals in 30 matches, just three of those came in 17 Bundesliga matches.

In other Leeds United news, it can be REVEALED that the club are listening to offers for mid-20s colossus as late-window exit nears.