Leeds blow as rival club have £2m bid accepted for long-time target - report
By Harvey Byrne
La Liga side Granada have a had a £2million bid accepted by NEC Nijmegen for winger and Leeds target Anthony Limbombe, according to a report.
Yorkshire Evening Post chief football writer Phil Hay claimed on his personal Twitter account on Thursday that the Dutch side had accepted the offer from Spain for the 22-year-old.
Limbombe latest – NEC now accepted a bid of close to £2m from Spanish club Granada. Remains to be seen if Limbombe fancies it. #lufc
— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) July 21, 2016
The youngster has been strongly linked with a move to Garry Monk’s new-look Leeds side all summer and was also linked with a move to the Yorkshire giants last summer.
It was claimed last weekend that Leeds were in pole position for Limbombe as they looked to meet his apparent £3million valuation, but it is now thought that if the Championship side are still keen on the winger then they will have to act fast to secure his signature.
Limbombe, who scored seven league goals and supplied seven assists last season in 32 appearances, was omitted from NEC’s friendly against Hannover on Saturday despite other first-team regulars featuring.
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NEC are likely to cash in on their star-man rather than risk losing him on a free in 12 months time, and have signed a replacement after confirming the arrival of former Ingolstadt winger Reagy Baah Ofosu.
Former Swansea manager Monk is keen to add width to his Leeds squad, with only Jordan Botaka, Stuart Dallas and new on-loan signing Hadi Sacko recognised as wingers.
As well as Sacko, Monk has brought another five players. The most expensive signing was League Two Player of the Year Kemar Roofe, who put pen to paper at Elland Road for £3million.
In other Leeds transfer news, the Whites will sell goalkeeper Marco Silvestri if a “reasonable offer” comes in.