Ex-manager tips Leeds to strike bargain Lang deal after talks update
Alex McLeish has suggested Leeds United could strike a bargain deal in talks to sign Noa Lang from Club Brugge.
The former Scotland manager, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, admitted he “could not believe” some of the low prices for players in Belgium compared to other markets.
An industry source told Football Insider (June 24th) Leeds have been informed Lang is keen on a move to Elland Road amid preliminary talks.
The winger, 22, is understood to be a top target for Marcelo Bielsa and United are working on a deal to lure him to England.
Brugge are set to turn Lang’s loan from Ajax permanent but are open to selling him on for a quick profit.
McLeish, who managed Belgian outfit Genk, insisted the Belgian top flight could represent excellent value for money.
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Discussing Leeds’ pursuit of Lang, McLeish told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “He sounds like a really good one.
“Those kind of teams, Brugge, are always up there. They’ve maintained their level. Their recruitment is good and they go to other places in the world where they’ll unearth a really good youngster.
“I always found Belgium a good scouting ground for me to go to when I was at my clubs over the years. You always saw one or two cracking players there.
“When you got the price, you couldn’t believe it: ‘Wow, is that it?’ Then all of a sudden you end up with some big competitors trying to beat you to the signing.
“That is the only thing. You’ve got to keep it as quiet as you can. It seems Leeds have unearthed another one that could be potentially great.”
Lang scored 17 goals and contributed 11 assists in 38 appearances for Brugge last term.
He has also played eight times for Netherlands’ under-21s.