By Pranav Shahaney

14th Aug, 2022 | 7:40am

Leeds United are still in the hunt to sign Fenerbahce striker Mergim Berisha, according to Omar Celikbasli.

The SPOR journalist exclusively told MOT Leeds News that despite offers from clubs outside the United Kingdom, the Whites are not deterred from their quest to land the services of the German forward.

On July 24, he reported that a bid of £1.7million had been submitted to sign the 24-year-old striker this summer.

He said, “There are also offers from Germany for the player. Despite that, as far as I know, Leeds are still interested in signing him.”

Better options out there

Leeds seem to be fixated on signing the German when there are better strikers out there who would be willing to move to Elland Road.

While he may have worked under Jesse Marsch previously, his goal-scoring record is far from impressive and they need someone who can be an upgrade on Patrick Bamford.

After the Englishman’s injury against Southampton, it’s all the more important for them to rope in a number nine as soon as possible.

Dan James cannot be trusted to lead the line and Rodrigo seems more comfortable playing in the hole rather than leading the line.

Big money needs to be spent as this is a very important position and we do not think Berisha is good enough to be first choice.

Ideally, the striker coming in needs to be better than Bamford as the 28-year-old’s injury record is woeful and even if fit, must be considered as a backup option.

In other Leeds United news, the Whites now have a clear run to sign a £20m-rated left-back as their Premier League rivals have now bowed out of the race.