By Richard Parks
Leeds United are in talks to sign Hannover 96 midfielder Marvin Bakalorz for a fee of £7million, according to a report.
German football site Fussball Transfers claim that United are in discussions with the Bundesliga club over a deal for the 28-year-old former Borussia Dortmund ace.
It is said that Leeds are keen to bring central midfielder Bakalorz to Elland Road this summer but they face competition for his signature from Everton and Galatasaray.
Bakalorz could be tempted into a switch as he has only a year remaining on his Hannover contract and has been dropped to the bench for a few matches of late.
In total, he has made 24 appearances in all competitions this season, including 17 league starts.
Football Insider verdict:
Bakalorz is a player of pedigree and experience. He would be a cut above any of Leeds’ current stable of central midfielders, none of whom has convinced this season. The question is, can United afford him, and would they be able to persuade him to drop down a division from the German top flight? The fee of £7million looks a bit steep for Leeds, who have not spent more than £4.5million on any player since their Premier League days. Bakalorz is a fine player and would be a solid partner for Adam Forshaw, but it is early days in United’s pursuit.
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