By Joe Ellis

11th Jul, 2022 | 10:10pm

Leeds United must react after £17.9m bid for Sander Berge lodged

Leeds United have done remarkably well during this transfer window to sign each of their primary targets without much of a challenge.

Most recently, the Whites announced the signings of RB Leipzig central midfielder Tyler Adams and Feyenoord winger Luis Sinisterra to make it six incomings for the summer after Brenden Aaronson, Rasmus Kristensen, Marc Roca and Darko Gyabi.

But there are more names on Jesse Marsch’s agenda before the Premier League season kicks off at home to Wolves on 6 August at Elland Road.

Journalist Dean Jones told Give Me Sport on 16 June that Sheffield United midfielder Sander Berge was of interest to Leeds United but the Norwegian was valued at £25million.

But now the Blades have received their first official bid for the 24-year-old but it isn’t us that have gone and tested the waters first, but a Bundesliga club instead.

Werder Bremen are recruiting plenty from England having already signed Lee Buchanan from Derby County and Berge’s Bramall Lane teammate Oliver Burke but they now want the Norwegian too.

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The Germans have lodged a bid of £17.9million for Berge [Daily Mail] which is well below his £35million release clause and his original valuation from the Championship side but it does need to wake up Victor Orta.

A player like Berge is hard to find with his supreme height and manoeuvrability making him a nightmare to defend against and he could be the final piece to Marsch’s midfield jigsaw.

If Sheffield United are going to consider bids of such a low value then we would be mad not to try our own offer of perhaps £20million and see if we can twist their arms into accepting less than they paid for him.

In other Leeds United news, we should also try to do more in our attempts to sign this enigma despite his current injury problems.