Leeds United are in the hunt to sign FC Utrecht right-back Giovanni Troupee, according to a report.
Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf claimed on their website that Serie A trio Sampdoria, Hellas Verona and Benevento are also keeping close tabs on Troupee, 19, as they eye up a potential loan deal in the final week of the January transfer window.
It is understood that AZ Alkmaar wanted the right-sided flyer in the summer, but sixth-placed Eredivisie side Utrecht managed to convince the Netherlands Under-21 international to pen a new deal.
Leeds have already done business with Dutch top-six club Utrecht this month by sending Mateusz Klich there on loan until the summer and Thomas Christiansen may need extra cover at right-back with Luke Ayling ruled out for the season.
Troupee has made 15 appearances in all competitions this season but has struggled with injuries.
Last season however was a different story, as the dazzling full-back managed to score four goals and supply four assists from defence in a breakthrough season.
The Daily Record reported last April that Celtic were interested in Troupee and that he was valued at £1.75million by his club.
Football Insider verdict
Leeds could maybe do with extra cover at right-back and a loan move for a young talent like Troupee would make perfect sense. He is young, able to bomb forward and if Thomas Christiansen finds options very light, the Dutchman can even play at left-back to a degree. The only issue is that Leeds would not be able to guarantee him a lot of first-team football which is what Utrecht will most likely be looking for. Troupee is someone who they could sell for big money in the future so putting him in the shop window is a must. England is the best place for that, but playing in Serie A on a regular basis would no doubt be more appealing to the Dutch side.
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