By Craig Scott

15th Jan, 2022 | 4:40pm

Leeds United ready to 'break the bank' to sign Lazio striker Vedat Muriqi

Leeds United seem as though they may be able to use the cash gained from the San Francisco 49ers’ investment in the club based on the latest update on their reported pursuit of Vedat Muriqi.

In November, the 49ers increased their stake at Elland Road to 44 per cent, pumping an extra £52million into the Yorkshire club [LeedsLive].

Many fans expected that money to be used in this January transfer window with Marcelo Bielsa’s already-small squad decimated by injuries.

And while Leeds’ priority has to be to add to their midfield, there are other areas that need adding to and one is the centre-forward position.

Lazio striker Muriqi has been linked with a move to Elland Road in recent days with Corriere della Sera reporting that the Whites are keen on a loan-to-buy deal worth £8.6million.

Respected Kosovan journalist Arlind Sadiku also added on his personal Twitter account on 13 January that Leeds, as well as Championship promotion hopefuls West Brom, are ready to “break the bank” to sign the 27-year-old striker.

Sadiku, who is a Kosovan journalist and commentator and works for ArtMotion, reported that Muriqi had unfollowed Lazio on his social media accounts and is interested in a move to Turkey.

The former Fenerbahce striker is attracting interest from English though and as Lazio need the money, it seems as though they would rather sell their goalshy striker to Leeds or West Brom.

It remains to be seen what “break the bank” actually means because there’s no way Leeds should be spending too much on a striker who’s scored just twice in club football since joining Lazio last summer.

But the Whites could do with some extra depth up front and Muriqi could offer a different option for Bielsa.

The 49ers’ investment in November is bound to help Leeds’ transfer budget this month and while it’s great that Bielsa might have funds the spend, we’re not sure if they should be spending it on this occasion

In other Leeds United news, the Whites are also in the talks to sign this former Premier League player.