By Russell Edge

31st Dec, 2017 | 10:29am

Leeds' striker target set for bargain January exit as crucial deadline looms - report

Leeds United will be able to talk to attacking target Abdul-Basit Agouda come Monday as the crucial deadline over his contract at current club Stromsgodset loom, according to a report.

Sport Witness claim that the 18-year-old striker is yet to agree to a new deal with the Norwegian side, and with his contract set to expire on the 1st January, will become a free agent in the new year.

Football Insider exclusively revealed earlier this season that Leeds were among the front runners for the youngster’s signing, with Agouda having turned down two contract offers from his current club.

Both Middlesbrough and Brighton have seen moves for the Norway under-19 international turned down last year, while Leeds’ Championship rivals Brentford are also keeping on eye on his situation.

With a bargain fee, in the form of compensation, set to placed on the youngster’s head, there are likely to be many suitors for his services, despite having not been utilised by Stromsgodset in the first team in recent weeks.

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There is always a risk on taking young players on from overseas, as you never know whether they will have what it takes to succeed in England. However, with a nominal fee set to secure Agouda’s signing, that risk is minimised, and it is no wonder that there is so much reported interest in his capture. In terms of Leeds, they need attacking reinforcements come January if they are to mount a meaningful challenge for the top six spots, and the right addition could even fire them to fighting for automatic promotion. However Agouda is most certainly one for the future, and the Whites should not be pegging their hopes on him hitting home the goals to lead them to glory.

In other Leeds United news, this international goal machine has made an emphatic decision on interest from Elland Road as he prepares for a January transfer.

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