Leeds United news: Boli wants to quit France & move to English club

By Pete O'Rourke, Transfer Correspondent

11th Jan, 2020 | 7:45am

Exclusive: Major development in Leeds bid to sign striker after club bid accepted

Leeds United striker target Yohan Boli has told his representatives he wants to snub a move to Qatar and head to England this month, Football Insider understands.

United are battling with West Brom and Brentford to land the Belgium-based front man as they look to hand Marcelo Bielsa cover and competition for Patrick Bamford.

A Leeds source has told Football Insider that Boli is one of a number of strikers on their target list ahead of the 31 January cut-off and discussions have taken place with his representatives over a deal.

Qatar club Al-Rayyan Sports Club have had a bid accepted by his club Sint-Truiden and are keen to finalise the deal, but he has told his camp he would prefer a move to one of the English Championship promotion hopefuls.

That is a major boost for Leeds, but also opens the door to West Brom and Brentford.

Boli is out of contract this summer and Sint-Truiden are keen to cash in this month rather than lose him for nothing at the end of the season.

He has an impressive record for the club, with 43 goals in 128 matches for the club.

The front man has netted 11 goals in 18 games for Sint-Truiden so far this season, 10 of which have come from 17 league fixtures.

As first revealed by Football Insider, Che Adams tops Leeds’ striker target list and the club are also keeping tabs on Newcastle United’s Dwight Gayle and Sheffield United’s David McGoldrick.

Leeds would prefer a loan deal this month but face the prospect of paying a premium loan fee or subsidising the players’ wages.

In other Leeds United news, it can be REVEALED that Yorkshire club have hijacked bid to sign defender who’s heading to Thorp Arch next week.