By Pranav Shahaney

2nd Aug, 2022 | 12:45pm

Exclusive: Leeds United continue striker Mergim Berisha talks as they do not want to meet asking price

Leeds United are in constant talks with Fenerbahce over the signing of striker Mergim Berisha, according to Omer Celikbasli.

The Turkish journalist who works for reputed publication Spor and has 21.6k followers on Twitter exclusively told MOT Leeds News, that the Whites are still unwilling to meet the asking price for the 24-year-old.

Fenerbahce are persisting with their £4.2million demands and Leeds are negotiating with them in order to get them to bring down the price.

Celikbasli said, “Fenerbahce wants 5million euros (£4.2million). Leeds do not want to pay that much. That’s why the constant talks continue.”

Move on

Berisha is not the most clinical of strikers either so it does not make sense for Leeds to up their offer for him.

If he was available at the price they’re willing to way then it would’ve been an economical move as he can serve as the backup to whoever signs as the first-choice number nine.

We do not think that he’s an upgrade on Patrick Bamford either, but the Englishman’s injury record does make it imperative for the Whites to prepare for contingencies.

They must continue their pursuit of Arnaud Kalimuendo as he’s the sort of striker that can grab them around 10-15 Premier League goals a season.

His all-round play is also impeccable and he has proven it in Ligue 1, unlike Berisha whose goal-scoring numbers last season were abject, to say the least.

Hopefully, Leeds call off their chase for the German sooner and put their eggs into the Kalimuendo basket.

In other Leeds United news, a 29-year-old has snubbed interest from Europe to move to Elland Road with the move subject to a work permit.