Trabzonspor have gone public with their desire to sign Leeds United striker Caleb Ekuban on a permanent deal this summer.
The Turkish club’s director Haluk Sahin has told Gunes that they are eager to convert the 24-year-old’s season-long loan into a full-time transfer at the end of the campaign.
Ekuban joined the Super Lig club last summer on a season-long loan costing £170,000, with Turkish outlet Milliyet claiming there is an option to purchase the Italian-born striker this summer for a further £860,000.
“We are looking to sign players in the summer who will cost less money, because we are in a tricky financial situation. We are also looking to give youngsters who came through our academy a chance,” Sahin told Turkish outlet Gunes.
“As you know, we have some loan players and Ekuban is one of them. He wants to stay at the club, and we want him to stay also. Let’s see what will happen.”
Football Insider verdict:
As far as Leeds are concerned, it would be good business if they can accumulate a £1.03million fee for Ekuban. For all his Cocker Spaniel-esque enthusiasm, he is not the calibre of striker needed by the club. He has too many rough edges in and around the box to deliver the goods for a side at the top end of the Championship, never mind one who may be in the Premier League next season. The forward has made a decent fist of life in Turkey, scoring seven goals from 28 matches, and has started nine league games on the trot. He has been used in a right flank role over the last month, but in neither that position or the central spearhead role in which he was regularly used by ex-boss Paul Heckingbottom would he be good enough for a Leeds side that have moved on without him. With the likes of Patrick Bamford and Kemar Roofe on the books, Leeds have superior strikers to Ekuban. It would be ideal for the club if Trabzonspor activate their option.
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