By Saikat Mandal

16th Aug, 2022 | 1:11pm

Leeds United look to beat Feyenoord for Wilfried Gnonto

Leeds United look to beat Feyenoord to secure the signing of Zurich striker Wilfried Gnonto.

According to a report from Corriere dello Sport (August 15), the 18-year-old is at the “centre of negotiation” at the moment, with the Whites leading the chase for his signature.

The Swiss club had initially set an asking price of around £10 million, but they reduced their price to around £6.7 million. Leeds are pushing for a deal of around £4.2 million, and their latest offer is likely to be considered.

The Whites look to “intensify contacts” with the player’s agent to get the deal done at the earliest.

Interesting choice

The youngster has impressed since arriving in Switzerland and has made four appearances for the Italy national team already.

It speaks volume of the quality he possess, and Leeds can a terrific young talent at a decent price.

The Whites have been linked with a host of strikers this summer, ranging from Goncalo Ramos to Ben Brereton Diaz, as they look to make one or two additions before the end of the window.

Jesse Marsch has suggested (16 August) that the Whites are in the process to evaluate what sort of strikers they want. Patrick Bamford remains the first-choice option, while the club have high hopes for youngster Joe Gelhardt.

The Whites have money to spend, and they can go after an experienced striker, but at the same time, the club wants to take a cautious approach here as they don’t want to be in a situation that will hamper the growth of Gelhardt.

In that respect, making a move for Gnonto makes sense. The player is trying to force a way out which could work in Leeds’ favour.

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