Phillips Exclusive: Leeds may launch deadline-day raid for £30m-valued Londoner
Kevin Phillips has suggested that Leeds United could make a late move to sign Brentford attacker Said Benrahma before the transfer window closes.
The former Sunderland striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, admits it is “strange” the 25-year-old is still with the Bees after his dazzling form in the Championship last season.
Leeds have been among a number of clubs interested in Benrahma, who, recruitment sources say, is valued at £30m by Brentford following his outstanding 2019-20 campaign.
However, with the window set to slam shut on Monday evening, Benrahma is still contracted to the Championship side.
He scored 17 goals and contributed a further 10 assists to help the Bees to the play-off final last season where they were beaten by Fulham.
Phillips admits he is not sure where the versatile winger could end up but suggests that Leeds could launch a late move to bolster their attacking options.
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“It’s a strange one with Benrahma, it’s almost gone really quiet, you’re not seeing him get linked very much,” Phillips told Football Insider.
“It wouldn’t surprise me if that sort of deal there would probably happen last day of the transfer window, one of those that happens late on where someone probably pays a bit over the odds for him. Maybe Leeds? They might have a little go.”
“I don’t actually know, of course, what club? When I look at the Premier League, sides down near the bottom, when you look at the likes of Newcastle, they brought in Fraser on a free from Bournemouth and they’ve still got Ritchie there so they’re covered.
“Villa, I think that area’s covered for them in those wide areas so I just don’t see where. Is he good enough for a top-five, top-six Premier League team? I know there was talk of him having a pre-contract with Chelsea but obviously that wasn’t true.
“I don’t see what sort of club he could go to, maybe sort of a Southampton? I am surprised there hasn’t been a club that’s put a bid in for him, I’m sure there’s been enquiries but maybe the asking price from Brentford has just put them off.”
In other Leeds United news, the Whites are closing in on a £15million signing.