By Joe Ellis

4th Jan, 2023 | 5:30pm

Leeds United could make 'cheap' January move for Nouhou Tolo - super-agent

Leeds United could consider making a move for Seattle Sounders defender Nouhou Tolo in January, according to super-agent Jon Smith.

The 25-year-old joined the MLS side in 2017 and has already surpassed 100 games for the club while also becoming a regular feature in the Cameroon national side.

Tolo was named in the starting lineup for all three of the African nation’s World Cup matches in Qatar including their historic 1-0 win against Brazil in the final group-stage game.

“In terms of transfers though, especially as it is now January’s window, there are bits and pieces happening throughout,” Smith said to Caught Offside. “For example, Nouhou Tolo, who is Seattle’s right back in the MLS, was wanted by a lot of clubs prior to the World Cup, including Leeds United.

“Unfortunately, he didn’t have the best international campaign in Qatar, but he is one to watch this month because he could potentially be a cheap signing.”

Value in the market

January is always a difficult month to do business in as clubs are usually unwilling to sell players in the middle of a season and will therefore jack the prices up significantly.

This is where a move for Tolo makes perfect sense as the MLS plays a summer season and therefore are not playing competitive matches at the moment.

So Seattle won’t be demanding a huge price to take the player to Elland Road as they have plenty of time to find a replacement before their new season begins.

Jesse Marsch also has the almighty pull of being a top American manager in Europe and that could easily see Sounders be even more willing to do business to help out their compatriot.

Defensive reinforcements have been the main aim for Marsch and Victor Orta in January and with Max Wober already through the door, Tolo could really firm up this problem area for good.

In other Leeds United news, Andrea Radrizzani led the Whites’ tributes to West Ham co-owner David Gold after he passed away aged 86 on Wednesday (4 January).