Leeds lodge seven-figure bid for ex-Jansson team-mate (not Helander) - report
By Danny Wright
Leeds have tabled a £1.5million bid for Malmo striker Pawel Cibicki, according to a report.
Swedish news outlet Sportbladet claims that the Whites are still in negotiations with Malmo, who need to make a decision on the Championship side’s seven-figure offer.
Cibicki’s agent Nochi Hamasor has confirmed that talks are underway for his client to leave Malmo this summer, but he has not made it clear which club it might be that are looking at acquiring his services.
“It is true that there is an offer for Pawel and negotiations are in progress. More than that, I do not want to comment,” said Hamasor, as quoted by Sportbladet.
Cibicki, 23, is a former team-mate of Elland Road hero Pontus Jansson and is highly rated in Sweden having previously earned seven caps for their Under-21 national team.
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He has not been in the best of form this season though, scoring just five goals in 20 league appearances while Malmo look to defend their Allsvenskan title.
Cibicki isn’t the only ex-team-mate of Jansson that Leeds have reportedly made a bid for this summer with Goal claiming back in June that an offer had been tabled for Bologna defender Thomas Helander.
It is understood that the striker has just over two years left on his contract at Malmo.
Football Insider Verdict
Leeds have quite a bit of money to play with following Chris Wood’s £15million move to Burnley and they have already brought in Caleb Ekuban and Jay-Roy Grot this summer to play up front. However a move for Cibicki wouldn’t really make sense. They already have two young strikers in the squad and what they need is someone to fill the boots of Wood and net more than 20 goals this season. Cibicki looks unlikely to be capable of that in a Swedish league which is probably weaker than the Championship. £1.5million is a low amount, but Leeds really need to bring in someone who could cost 10 times that.