By Liam Thomas

21st Jan, 2023 | 8:10am

Leeds United transfer news as Azzedine Ounahi speaks directly with Jesse Marsch

CBS journalist Ben Jacobs has reported that Angers midfielder Azzedine Ounahi has spoken directly with Jesse Marsch over a potential transfer to Leeds United.

Leeds United have had a busy January thus far and may look to bolster its squad further as the transfer window nears its last two weeks.

Jacobs confessed to the JustJoeFootball podcast on YouTube that the Morrocan World Cup star has spoken to Marsch about what his role would be in the Leeds United team and his fears of possible relegation.

 “It’s the right time for Ounahi to move so that will give Leeds confidence, it is also to my understanding he’s spoken directly to Jesse Marsch about his role,” said Jacobs on the JustJoeFootball podcast. (19 January)

“About the team, about a plan if Leeds themselves were to go down that’s the only thing that may go through the player’s mind in terms of if he joins now and Leeds get relegated, then he goes from one relegation scrap to another.”

Give it a miss.

Signing the player off the back of a decent World Cup always presents problems and despite Leeds United showing interest in Ounahi before, they should give this one a miss.

His stats for Angers this season have been pretty plain and boring and he’s done little to help them in their relegation fight in Ligue 1.

Whether or not he’d be able to take it up a level in the Premier League is another question to be raised, it’s a far more competitive and grinding league than the top tier in France.

The Leeds United hierarchy should be looking to bolster the team’s shaky defence, more turning their heads to any more midfield reinforcements.

That is clearly the area of the pitch that needs improving for the Whites at the moment and handing out contracts to players like Diego Llorente is just bizarre.

If Victor Orta could find a defensive gem in a similar ilk to the talents of Wilfried Gnonto then that would be the dream last-minute January signing.

This is obviously easier said than done, but we can dream, right?

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