Leeds United may have been handed a boost in their hopes of signing Besiktas striker Cyle Larin after he reportedly rejected an offer from PAOK.

According to Turkish news outlet Takvim, the 25-year-old Canada international was handed the chance to head to Greece.

However it is understood that Larin has turned down PAOK, who are currently sat second in Greece’s top-flight and were on course for Champions League qualification before the coronavirus pandemic brought the league to a halt.

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Larin’s refusal to head to Thessaloníki is no doubt a boost for Leeds’ director of football Victor Orta with the Bestikas centre-forward reportedly on the Yorkshire club’s radar.

Fotospor reported last month that Leeds are intent on signing Larin and the club’s lawyers have been in touch with him due to a contractual issue at Besiktas.

Larin has been on loan at Belgian club Zulte Wagerem this season, scoring an impressive nine goals and supplying 11 assists in 33 appearances across all competitions.

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But trouble has been brewing with parent club Besiktas with him reportedly feeling as though he is owed money by the Turkish giants.

Leeds, according to Fotospor’s report, are now trying to sign Larin on a free transfer and if that is a possibility, there will no doubt be increased interest in the forward.

It remains to be seen whether or not Larin would shine in English football – especially in the Premier League if Leeds get there.

However a 25-year-old striker who has 31 international caps has been involved in 20 goals this season might be a decent addition if he’s free.

In other Leeds United news, Phil Hay has shared an update on Marcelo Bielsa’s contract situation.

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