Date: 4th April 2019 at 1:40pm
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Trabzonspor are ready to sign Leeds United striker Caleb Ekuban permanently before immediately selling him, according to Football Ghana.

The site claim the Turkish outfit are prepared to activate the purchase option in the deal that took him from Elland Road on a loan-to-buy transfer last August.

Football Ghana report Trabzonspor want to sign Ekuban before the 31 May option deadline and are then prepared to cash in on him in the same window as they prepare to set an £8.5million asking price.

Football Insider verdict:

It would be truly jawdropping were Trabzonspor to secure an £8.5million fee for Ekuban this summer. Or ever, really. The forward has had a decent loan spell, scoring seven goals from 28 appearances in all competitions and making the right-forward role his own after being tried out in various attacking roles, including the central striker position in which he only occasionally thrived at Elland Road. Leeds fans were impressed by Ekuban’s enthusiasm and willingness last season, but his lack of end product was almost Hadi Sacko-esque. He did not get in the squad at all during August following Marcelo Bielsa’s arrival and it was regarded as decent business that the club negotiated an initial loan fee of £170,000 for the player to be supplemented by a further £860,000 if Trabzonspor take up their option. Suggestions of a permanent £8.5million fee over the coming months are more than just fanciful. Jaws would drop if that were to happen.

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