49ers investment at Leeds United verdict emerges as another big-money signing is lined up at Elland Road - pundit
We’re delighted to welcome former England goalkeeper Paul Robinson as our exclusive columnist as each week he’ll be giving his views on the biggest talking points at Leeds United…
Paul Robinson has called on Leeds United to invest in the squad this month, whether the money is coming from Andrea Radrizzani or soon-to-be owners 49ers Enterprises.
The Times reported on 9 November that the investment arm of the San Francisco 49ers are closing in on a complete takeover at Leeds, with funds now in place to buy the club from Radrizzani.
The 49ers are already part-owners of the Elland Road outfit and Robinson doesn’t care who’s putting the money into the transfer budget this month, he’s desperate for Leeds to follow up the signing of Austrian defender Maximilian Wober with a striker.
“I’d like to see investment going into the side, this is a huge window for them and they can’t miss this opportunity to stay in the Premier League,” Robinson told MOT Leeds News.
“They’ve got to invest heavily and whether that comes from Radrizzani or the 49ers, it’s got to be a big window for Leeds.
“They’ve had a left-back come through the door and now they need a striker. If Mateusz Klich’s going to leave then they need reinforcements in midfield. They’d happily let Firpo go because they’ve got Struijk as left-back cover as well.
“But they need a striker, they need to invest because the relegation battle is so tight.
“If they don’t invest they could get left behind.”
Luckily for Robinson, Leeds do seem to be closing in on a striker signing.
Fabrizio Romano reported via his personal Twitter account on Sunday (8 January) that Leeds are in advanced talks over a deal to sign Hoffenheim’s France Under-21s striker Georginio Ruffer.
It is understood that the deal for Ruffer, 20, will be around £26.4million.
In other Leeds United news, this Belgian hotshot is on his way to Elland Road.