Leeds United look as if they have missed out on their first significant piece of business of the summer as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic.
According to Turkish journalist Safak Malatya, the Whites have seen a deal for Canadian striker Cyle Larin collapse in recent days.
The 25-year-old has spent the season on loan from Besiktas with Belgian side Zulte Waregem, and has registered nine goals and 11 assists in 33 matches this term.
He is also understood to have had an option-to-buy clause written into his deal in Belgium.
Malatya claims that Zulte Waregem’s plan was, therefore, to activate the clause, and immediately sell him on to Leeds in the coming weeks.
Now, however, with the Belgian league being brought to an end early as a result of the global health crisis, it is understood that he will be returning to Besiktas for next season.
It does seem as if the Turkish club may still look to move him on this summer though.
But we’re not convinced that the striker is worth pursuing.
According to Turkish outlet Fanatik, a bid of around £5.2 million could be enough to secure a transfer, but there is nothing to suggest that Larin could cut it in the Premier League.
Admittedly, he has impressed in Belgium this term, just as he did during his time with Orlando City in the MLS, where he hit 44 goals in 89 outings.
But as soon as he is asked to make the step up to a more competitive level, his output drops significantly.
The Canadian has just eight goals in 26 for Besiktas, and the same tally in 31 caps for his country.
In short, he seems to thrive when he is a big fish in a small pond, but challenges don’t come much tougher than the English top flight.
Leeds need better players than Larin in the Premier League, and the Whites might have dodged a bullet on this one.
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