Leeds face stumbling block in move for 26-year-old international – report
By Will Butcher
Leeds could lose out on their bid to bring Oostende midfielder Andile Jali to Elland Road because of work permit problems, according to a report.
Belgian website Voetbal Primeur claimed last week that Leeds have been monitoring Jali this summer and are now ready to make a move for the South Africa international.
South African publication Soccer Laduma claim that South African side Mamelodi Sundowns are also ready to move for the midfielder, as England’s strict work permit rules could block a Leeds move.
Sundowns are keeping tabs on Jali, but it seems unlikely that the South Africa international will be allowed to leave for nothing as the 26-year-old has two years remaining on his current contract.
Jali joined Oostende for a fee just short of £1million form Orlando Pirates in January 2014, and has become a permanent fixture in the Belgian side.
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The central midfielder has played a total of 78 times for the club, with his only goal coming last season.
He has played 33 times for South Africa, including three times at the 2015 African Cup of Nations, where they failed to get out of the group stages.
Leeds manager Garry Monk is looking to continue his Elland Road revamp, which has seen the Whites welcome 10 new faces this summer including international stars Rob Green, Pablo Hernandez, Pontus Jansson and Liam Bridcutt.