Report: Leeds jet out on transfer mission for youth contract rebel available for a bargain
By Russell Edge
Leeds United have had scouts watching Norwegian youth international striker Abdul-Basit Agouda, according to a report.
Twitter account Scouts in Attendance, who have established a reputation as a reliable source for information on which matches scouts from various clubs are attending, state that the Whites had a talent spotter an under-18 match between Norway and Finland on Wednesday, watching Agouda as he netted in the 4-0 win.
#lufc scout saw 18yo #godset FW Abdul Basit Agouda score for Nor U18 v Fin U18 on Weds…Out of contract end of December. Rejected two contract offers. Available for compo. Been compared to Josh King. pic.twitter.com/XjplmtUh8P
— Scouts in Attendance (@scoutsattending) November 9, 2017
The 18-year-old striker, who plays for Stromsgodset in Norway’s top flight, has only made four senior appearances for his side, netting twice and chipping in with an assist across all competitions.
He could be available for a bargain deal come January, with his current contract set to expire at the end of December.
He has reportedly turned down two offers from his current side, which is said to mean a buying club would need only pay compensation due to his age.
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Agouda could prove to be an value for money purchase for Leeds, considering his nominal fee thanks to his contract situation. The only doubts would be over his ability to perform at the top level, considering he has more appearances for the Norwegian youth sides than he does senior outings for his club. He has not shown himself to be a naturally prolific forward just yet but has enough about him to show he knows where the goal is. Still, securing his signing might be a punt on his potential more than anything else, as he is unlikely to head into the first team at Elland Road. Plus, it is unknown just what compensation the club would have to pay, which leaves an awful lot of unknowns surrounding a potential transfer.
In other Leeds United transfer news, the club have tabled an offer for another young contract rebel.