MOT View: Leeds transfer report may suggest promotion worries as £3.3m-rated int'l forward eyed
Leeds United are clinging onto second place in the Championship by a thread after winning just one of their last seven league fixtures.
Fulham could have moved about the Yorkshire giants on Wednesday if they beat Millwall but luckily for Leeds fans, the Cottagers mustered just a point at The Den.
Leeds are now closer to seventh-placed Bristol City – their next opponents this weekend – than they are to league-leaders West Brom, who moved six points clear of the Whites by beating Reading on Wednesday night.
It’s been a worrying couple of months for the Elland Road faithful and those worries may also be being felt by the recruitment team in West Yorkshire.
Leeds looked as though they were shoo-ins for automatic promotion before Christmas and the signing of Jean-Kevin Augustin from RB Leipzig in January proved the kind of ambition United have.
However a new transfer report by Turkish news outlet Fotospor suggests that Leeds’ expectations have been dampened a bit as they are now eyeing up Zulte Wagerem striker Cyle Larin.
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The 24-year-old forward is on loan at the Belgian club from Besiktas, who could be tempted to offload the Canada international in the summer.
It is reported that Zulte have the option to sign Larin for £2million in the summer but Besiktas could try to sell their forward for more and now value him at £3.3million.
His value has increased while on loan in Belgium, most likely due to the fact he’s scored nine goals and supplied nine assists in 29 appearances across all competitions.
But while that record is good and he is a 31-times international for Canada, there’s no way that Larin is the kind of striker that would be fitting of a Premier League club.
Larin turns 25 in April and has only played in MLS, the Turkish Super Lig and Belgian Jupiler League.
If he was a youngster and making waves in those kinds of divisions then fair enough, he could be seen as one for the future.
However if Leeds win promotion to the top-flight they are bound to have a lot more than £3.3million to spend on a striker and they will no doubt want a better striker than Larin.
Larin seems as though he’d be a decent signing for a Championship club and the Whites could be preparing themselves for missing out on promotion this season by eyeing up the former Orlando City man.
In other Leeds United news, Bielsa has confirmed an update on Adam Forshaw.