Leeds United can now sign Maxwel Cornet after Burnley reject Everton transfer approach
Leeds United now have a relatively clearer path to secure the services of highly-rated Burnley attacker Maxwel Cornet.
According to Alan Nixon of the Sun, Everton’s initial approach has been rejected by the Clarets while Newcastle and Nottingham Forest are also stalling with their pursuit.
While West Ham remain in the race, they have recently spent big money on signing Gianluca Scamacca and may not be prepared to enter a bidding war with Leeds.
Nixon wrote, “Burnley are willing to sell Cornet if the deal is right but have turned down Everton’s loan to buy option while Fulham and Nottingham Forest stall.
“Cornet had a fixed fee in his contract if Burnley went down but that has now been overruled because it came out in public.
“Burnley are adamant that they want more and now Hammers are in discussions to find what fee works for them.”
The Journal reported on July 13 that the Whites were keen on signing the Ivory Coast international after the Clarets got relegated from the Premier League.
They claim that it will take Leeds £17.5million to sign him and while Burnley are looking for more, they could sit down at the negotiations table with Victor Orta.
With three clubs now out of the race, Leeds must capitalise on it and discuss personal terms with Cornet.
They are looking for a left-back and while the 25-year-old has played as a winger more recently, he featured a back four on numerous occasions at Lyon.
He’s also played as a striker for Burnley and while Leeds must not see him as their first choice in that department, he could be a valuable Plan B when the chips are down.