By Saikat Mandal

18th Jan, 2023 | 7:40am

Leeds United in talks with agents to complete Azzedine Ounahi signing - Fabrizio Romano

Leeds United are in talks with the agent of Azzedine Ounahi as they look to seal their third signing of the January window, as reported by Fabrizio Romano.

Speaking on the Made in Africa podcast, Romano (17 January, 13m29s) said that the Whites have made a proposal to sign the Moroccan from French club Angers this month. They are currently discussing the deal but the Whites don’t want to overspend.

The Yorkshire club have already spent a huge transfer fee to sign Georginio Rutter from Hoffenheim and they are careful about their spending this month.

“Leeds are pushing,” said Romano on Made in Africa podcast.

“Leeds are still in the race. They have made a proposal. They are discussing with Angers and with the agent of the player to try to make this deal.

“They don’t want to spend crazy money because they already spent really important money on Georginio Rutter from Hoffenheim. They want to be careful with their spending in January. But they want Ounahi, discussion are going.”

Terrific addition

Leeds have scouted Ounahi for a while and it makes sense for them to go for him in January.

The midfielder stole the show in Qatar with some fabulous performances for Morocco, and he is keen to leave the French side as well.

The 22-year-old is an energetic midfielder who could be a perfect replacement for Mateusz Klich who left the club to join DC United this month.

It seems like the Whites have submitted a very good offer, but the club have made the right decision to not succumb to the financial demands of the French club.

Having already spent heavily on Rutter, the club should not be looking to exceed the budget. They have enough depth and quality in midfield, and it won’t hurt them badly, even if they miss out on Ounahi.

The Whites have also managed to sign a defender this January, with Max Wober arriving from Red Bull Salzburg.

Napoli are almost out of the race, but other Premier League clubs could make an attempt to sign the player. So, the Whites must hurry up.

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