By Mark Smith

12th May, 2021 | 9:15am

MOT View: Leeds must hijack last minute deal for Boubakary Soumare after Romano update

Leeds United have to go all out this summer to hijack Leicester City’s move for Lille midfielder Boubakary Soumare.

The Daily Mail reported this week that the Whites have been scouting the French sensation in the past week, but that the Foxes are still favourites for his signature.

It got even worst for Leeds and Victor Orta on Tuesday, as Fabrizio Romano reported that they are nearly ready to confirm the deal to sign

Rodrigo De Paul has been the one name that has sent Leeds fans wild over the past year, as the Udinese man continues to be elusive.

Forget the Argentinian, Soumare proved that he would be the perfect signing for the Whites when our scouts were present at Lille’s win over Lens.

As well as grabbing an assist, the 22-year-old also made three tackles and completed five interceptions according to WhoScored.

That is everything you want and need from a box-to-box midfielder, and that is what we are screaming out for at Elland Road ahead of Kalvin Phillips.

Marcelo Bielsa and Victor Orta clearly know they need another midfielder in their ranks, as has shown by their scouting missions, but they need to act quick.

Soumare has been described as the “perfect” player for many Premier League sides in recent months, including Liverpool.

De Paul would also be an amazing signing, but he wouldn’t give that defensive aspect of the game that Bielsa commands from all of his players.

With Rodrigo looking to kick-start his Whites career next season after a slow start in West Yorkshire, bringing in another creative option would scupper that.

We need someone who can do what Mateusz Klich did for us in the Championship, with the Polish international not setting the world alight in the Premier League.

Soumare is that man, but we have to move quickly.

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