Report: Leeds hunt bargain deal for out of favour top flight international hitman
Leeds United are among a host of clubs in the hunt to sign Hannover 96 striker Charlison Benschop for a potential bargain in January, according to a report.
Dutch football website voetbalprimeur.nl claim that the Whites are joined by Eredivisie side Heerenveen, Hannover’s German rivals Fortuna Dusseldorf and Japanese club Yokohama City in seeking a deal for the 28-year-old this month.
It is said that the one-cap Curacao international, who made his debut for his country back in October 2017, is available for a cut-price deal from the German top flight side, with the hitman’s contract set to expire in the summer.
He has been out of favour at Hannover this season, with just six appearances and a single goal under his belt, two of those outings coming in the starting XI.
Football Insider verdict
Leeds might be in need of some additional firepower after their injury woes up front this season, but Benschop is not the man to fire them to success. His goal scoring record leaves a lot to be desired and is so far unproven in Germany’s top flight, while he even struggled to score in the Dutch league, with 12 goals in 76 appearances with AZ Alkmaar. It is no surprise that Hannover are willing to let him depart on the cheap but, having seen the struggles of Pierre-Michel Lasogga, who was supposed to have been a proven forward in Germany, even the cut-price deal cannot make this a risk worth taking for Thomas Christiansen.
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