By Jonty Banks

17th Jan, 2023 | 10:10am

Leeds United could be set for Azzedine Ounahi transfer as Angers president jets into England

Leeds United could be closing in on the transfer of Moroccan World Cup star Azzedine Ounahi after Angers’ president flew to the UK to meet with an unnamed Premier League club.

According to L’Equipe (17 January), club president Said Chabane travelled to England on Monday (16 January) to meet with a club that had submitted a bid for Ounahi that surpassed that of previous frontrunners Napoli.

The report stated that the Premier League club has made a “superior offer”, but it was not the previously linked Leicester City, who had been interested since the opening of the market.

Leeds, therefore, could be taking the lead in the race to snap up the 22-year-old after completing deals for Austrian international Max Wober and club-record signing Georginio Rutter earlier in this window.

Jesse Marsch’s side are interested in signing the Angers midfielder after his stand-out performances at the Qatar World Cup, as the Atlas Lions finished fourth in their best-ever performance.

With Mateusz Klich leaving the club this January, the Whites are also a little understaffed in midfield, and 90min reported on Monday (16 January) that the club had submitted a bid worth £22.2million – which trumped any rival’s offers and should have met the demands of the French club.

The bid would therefore suggest that Leeds Bradford airport was the destination of choice for Chabane on Monday morning, and Leeds could well be reeling in their third signing of a busy January transfer window.

Marsch’s squad is in desperate need of reinforcements this month after a poor start to the Premier League season, which has seen his job come under increasing scrutiny in recent weeks.

The delicate position of the American’s job has reportedly stalled Andrea Radrizzani and Victor Orta in their quest for Ounahi [Daily Mail 17 January], but Leeds may well throw caution to the wind and look to seal a deal for the midfielder.

With either Marsch or a successor in the Elland Road dugout, it doesn’t change the fact Leeds require a little more depth in the middle of the park.

Ounahi ticks all the boxes, and if Leeds have any wishes to climb out of their current rut, they need to try to get this signing done and dusted this month.

In other Leeds United news, a journalist has shared if Leeds are set for a financial gain if Raphinha quits Barcelona in the January window amid links with Arsenal.