By Craig Scott

26th Jan, 2020 | 7:10pm

MOT View: Leeds surely one step closer to major transfer coup after latest reported development

Leeds United have surely taken a major stride towards signing RB Leipzig centre-forward Jean-Kevin Augustin based on a recent development.

Augustin, 22, joined Monaco on a season-long loan in the summer and Leeds’ bid to sign the French striker required that loan being terminated early for them to strike a deal.

According to Football Insider, Leipzig and Monaco have now reached an agreement to scrap Augustin’s loan, which frees up the possibility of him making a move to Elland Road before the January transfer window slams shut on Friday.

Signing Augustin would be a major coup for Leeds United.

The 22-year-old may have struggled to get on the scoresheet – and even in the starting line-up at Monaco – but he remains a very good young talent that should be able to tear up the Championship.

Less than a year ago, the Daily Mail was reporting that RB Leipzig valued Augustin at £35million.

Premier League clubs Everton, West Ham and Southampton were all linked with the former Paris Saint-Germain striker, who netted 20 times in two seasons at Leipzig before joining Monaco on loan in the summer.

Leeds need to sign up a new striker before the January transfer window slams shut, not only because Patrick Bamford is Marcelo Bielsa’s only option, but also because Bamford is really struggling to get on the scoresheet at the moment.

Augustin is someone who has banged in the goals in the Bundesliga, Champions League and Europa League.

We don’t want to sound too overconfident, but he should be able to hit the ground running in the Championship based on his CV.

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