By Neil Champney

6th Jun, 2020 | 8:30pm

MOT View: ‘Confident’ contract update on reported target could still be promising news for Leeds

PSG are reportedly closing in on agreeing a new deal with teenage defender Tanguy Kouassi – and that could be good news for Leeds United.

According to reliable journalist Nicolo Schira, the French giants are now “confident” that they will be able to tie the 17-year-old down to a new contract – with his current agreement set to expire at the end of the season.

The potential for a free transfer had initially meant that a number of clubs from England were said to be interested in him, according to 90min, with Leeds among them.

However, that report from April also suggested that one hope PSG had for reaching a breakthrough in talks with Kouassi was to look for a club who would be willing to take the teenager on loan next season to try and guarantee him first team minutes.

Again, Leeds were outlined as one potential destination if that were to happen, and as such, this update from Schira might still represent some good news for the Whites.

Kouassi is undoubtedly an exciting young talent.

The starlet has featured in six Ligue 1 matches and two Champions League games this season, scoring twice from the heart of defence in the process.

There is every chance that he would be good enough to seriously contest for a regular starting role at Elland Road – especially if Ben White does return to Brighton this summer.

This latest update will no doubt be seen as a boost to our chances of landing him given that Spanish news outlet TodoFichajes were reporting just last month that the youngster was on the verge of joining Real Madrid.

With that in mind, a permanent swoop has looked doubtful for some time, but if PSG are able to wrap up a deal in the near future, a loan deal could still very much be on the cards ahead next season.

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