Pep Clotet hints at new Leeds transfer target as he gives ringing endorsement of Euro 2016 striker
By Alex Stevens
Pep Clotet has hinted that Leeds could join the race to sign Hal Robson-Kanu with a ringing endorsement of the Euro 2016 star.
The 27-year-old free agent wrote himself into Wales folklore with a sensational goal to put his team 2-1 ahead in their momentous 3-1 quarter-final win over Belgium on Friday night.
Sky Sports claim that four Premier League clubs have subsequently been in contact with Robson-Kanu’s representatives, while there has also been interest from Celtic, China and the UAE.
The London-born player, who is primarily a left-winger but can also lead the front line, let his contract run down at Championship side Reading at the end of June and his preference is a move to the top-flight of English football.
It is not known if there is interest in Robson-Kanu from Leeds but the club’s new assistant manager Clotet paid tribute to how Robson-Kanu selflessly led the attack against Belgium.
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Writing in a column for Spanish publication Marca, Clotet said: “Wales’ second saw Hal Robson-Kanu enjoy his moment of glory, but in fact he showed great ability throughout the game, holding the ball up excellently and looking to exploit the gaps between Belgium’s centre-halves and wing backs, taking advantage of the fact that the Belgians looked to make inroads down the flanks.
The pacy attacker has scored two goals for Wales during the European Championships and has an overall record of three goals in 33 appearances for his country.
Robson-Kanu starred for the Royals in 35 encounters across all competitions in the recently completed season scoring five goals and providing seven assists.
Leeds signed Swedish striker Marcus Antonsson in a £2million deal earlier in the week but they still need more firepower ahead of the Championship campaign.