By Anthony Onifade

18th Jan, 2023 | 3:40pm

Leeds United deny Azzedine Ounahi transfer speculation despite what Fabrizio Romano said

Leeds United have reportedly denied the possibility of signing French Ligue 1 outfit Angers’ midfielder Azzedine Ounahi this month, according to Calciomercato journalist Alessio Lento.

This update comes after reliable journalist Fabrizio Romano, speaking on  Made in Africa podcast, (17 January, 13m:29s), said that the Whites have made a proposal to sign the Moroccan from French club Angers this month. However, they do not want to pay over the odds.

The Yorkshire club have already splashed the cash this month, spending nearly £50m on Maximilian Wober and Georginio Rutter from Red Bull Salzburg and TSG Hoffenheim respectively.

So the club will need to be extra cautious about further spending this month.

And according to Lento, who took to Twitter on Wednesday afternoon [18 January], tweeted: “Chapter Ounahi: the Leeds, at present, denies the possibility of taking the Moroccan footballer, in the sights of Napoli, in this session of #calciomercato”

Missed opportunity

It’s completely understandable that Leeds will want to be cautious on their spending this month, having already splashed the cash on Wober and Rutter.

However, Jesse Marsch needs some added quality in the creative department if he is to steer the Whites away from the relegation places in the coming months, and not going for Ounahi represents a big missed opportunity.

Ounahi proved during the World Cup that he holds the necessary quality and skill to perform at the top level.

His qualities in possession and the sublime expertness at which he progresses the ball through the thirds could well have significantly upgraded the Whites’ midfield as well as enhancing Marsch’s tactical plan at Elland Road.

It may well mean Leeds will have to turn their attention elsewhere but going for Ounahi could have been one of the deals of the January window.

In other Leeds United news, one Whites fan favourite is likely to get the nod from the start in our predicted XI to face Cardiff.