Leeds must sign £13m forward tearing up major Euro league, reportedly available at cut price
Leeds United director of football Victor Orta is likely to make more additions at Elland Road in the summer after a failed campaign that has seen as serious drop in results compared to last term.
All areas of the squad look as though they could do with serious improvements and that is very true of the attack, which could look completely different after the summer is over.
Pablo Hernandez’s deal is up and Pierre-Michel Lasogga’s loan deal may not be made into a permanent one given his sudden exile from Paul Heckingbottom’s starting 11.
One player that Orta should really take a serious look at is Sunderland forward Wahbi Khazri, who is currently tearing up Ligue 1 in a successful loan spell at Stade Rennes.
L’Equipe has reported in their print edition, as translated by Sports Witness, that Khazri could be available in the summer for a cut-price fee of just £4million – an absolute steal given his terrific form in the French top-tier this season which is no doubt one of Europe’s major leagues.
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It is understood that Khazri is currently worth £13million to Sunderland – an unthinkable fee for Leeds given how Andrea Radrizzani has gone about his spending at Elland Road.
But the French newspaper says that the Black Cats would be forced into offloading the Tunisia international for £4.5million if they are relegated from the Championship, and with them stranded at the bottom at the moment, it seems a real possibility.
He has made 19 league appearances for Rennes, scoring nine goals while playing as a centre-forward or in a No 10 role.
That kind of versatility in attack and lethal finishing is exactly what Leeds need next season to launch a successful bid for promotion and if he can replicate that form in front of goal at Elland Road then he could fire his way to winning the golden boot.