By MOT Leeds News speaking to Paul Robinson

15th Jun, 2022 | 3:40pm

Leeds United: Sky Sports pundit thrilled as Liverpool allow Takumi Minamino agent to enter talks

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Paul Robinson is thrilled to see Leeds United chasing a deal for Liverpool forward Takumi Minamino due to his versatility in the attack.

The Athletic reported on 8 June that Minamino, 27, “can leave in the coming days” as long as Liverpool’s £17million valuation is met.

It is understood that the Premier League runners-up have given Minamino’s agent “permission to hold talks with suitors about a potential move” with Southampton, Wolves and Monaco also keen on signing the Japanese international.

Minamino can play on the wing, in an attacking midfield role or as a centre-forward.

And with Patrick Bamford missing almost all of the 2021/22 season, Robinson feels Minamino’s ability to play as a striker means he’d be a good addition for the Whites this summer.

“I like Minamino and he fits the bill of a player who can play when Patrick Bamford doesn’t and he’s also a player who can play wide,” Robinson told MOT Leeds News.

The difficulty of signing a back-up striker for Bamford is that he doesn’t play at any other time.

“But with a player like Minamino, he can go out wide. It’s like having two players in one.

He can play behind the striker, he can go in the wide areas and when Patrick’s not fit, he can play as the out-and-out number nine.

The likelihood of getting a full season out of Patrick is slim so he’s the type of player Leeds need to be looking for.”

Minamino finished the 2021/22 season as Liverpool’s top goalscorer in cup competitions as they won the Carabao Cup and the FA Cup.

He scored 10 goals in 24 appearances across all competitions for the Reds.

In other Leeds United news, the Whites are in pursuit of this £50,000-a-week forward who’s available for just £3.4million.