By Pranav Shahaney

6th Nov, 2022 | 10:10am

Leeds United could be looking to sign award-winning Ligue 1 ace Alexander Djiku

Leeds United could reportedly be looking to sign RC Strasbourg defender Alexander Djiku who’s currently in the final year of his contract.

According to Guardian journalist Ed Aarons, the Ghana international is possibly not ready for a top side in the Premier League yet.

The 28-year-old put his goal-scoring prowess on display last season when he scored from a bicycle kick that saw his strike being awarded March’s Goal of the Month. [Ghana Soccer Net]

In an interview with GiveMeSport, Aarons said, “He’s been doing pretty well. He almost went to Hoffenheim in the summer, I think.

“There’s a problem that he might have with an injury, they’re just waiting to see what happened over the weekend, but he’s in the Ghana preliminary squad. Another really good player, a good solid defender who’s a good age as well at 28 now.

“I don’t think he’s ready for sort of the top-level in the Premier League yet, so somebody who is sort of down the lower end will probably be looking at him, maybe Leeds or somebody like that.”

Defender needed

Leeds have been criticised for conceding more goals than they should and it could be a personnel thing as much as a coaching one.

They did not sign a first-team centre-back this summer which means that Jesse Marsch hasn’t managed to get one of his own since moving to Elland Road.

As he’s won the last two games, we’re expecting the board to retain his services beyond the World Cup which means that he will get to decide who he wants to bring in.

The performances of Diego Llorente have not been the best and if Pascal Struijk is going to be a left-back for good, it makes a lot of sense to bring in the Ligue 1 defender.

At 28, Djiku is at the peak age for a centre-back and if there are no doubts about his adaptability in the Premier League, the Whites must accelerate their pursuit.

With his contract set to expire at the end of the season, Leeds could get a good deal if they attempt to sign him in January.

In other Leeds United news, a Sky Sports pundit has delivered Jesse Marsch’s “sack” verdict after what he heard last month.