By Anthony Onifade

12th Jan, 2023 | 12:10pm

Leeds United not ruling out late window move for Azzedine Ounahi, striker the priority for Jesse Marsch - Mike McGrath

Leeds United have not ruled out a late January transfer move for Angers midfielder Azzedine Ounahi, but adding a striker to their ranks is the priority this month, according to The Telegraph reporter Mike McGrath.

According to Telefoot journalist Saber Desfarges [8 January], the Whites submitted a £22million bid for the Moroccan midfielder, with the player switching agents in order to seal a move away from the Ligue 1 outfit.

The player is also of interest to Italian Serie A league leaders Napoli, but Leeds have made a tempting offer for the player, but are on course to seal another signing this month with Georginio Rutter set to seal a move to Elland Road over the coming days.

According to Sky Sports Florian Plettenberg, the Whites have a total agreement in place to sign the Hoffenheim striker, tweeting [11 January]: “X News #Rutter: Hard poker yesterday about financial details but now there is a total agreement between the clubs! Been told it’s a total package of a possible €40m transfer fee. Contract until 2028! Announcements of the clubs are prepared. #LUFC

And McGrath writing in his Telegraph Notebook [11 January] revealed the club are focused on bringing a striker in this month, but a late move for Ounahi isn’t being ruled out. He said: “Leeds are focused on bringing a striker to Elland Road as a priority, with a move for Morocco midfielder Azzedine Ounahi not ruled out for later in the window.

“French club Angers want at least £25million for Ounahi, who was looked at while Leeds were chasing Kalvin Phillips’ replacement and eventually signing Tyler Adams.”

Stunning acquisitions

If the Whites are able to pull off moves for both Rutter and Ounahi in the coming weeks, it could well be deemed as a statment of intent from Marsch and the Leeds United board. Both players represent stunning acquisitions, not just for their footballing quality but because of their pedigree.

The fact that the Whites have beaten off stark competitions to sign both players will only enhance the kind of pull and attractiveness the club possesses in trying to bring young attacking superstars to Elland Road in future.

Leeds’ sporting director Victor Orta is undergoing some stunning transfer business so far, and the signings of Tyler Adams, Wilfried Gnonto, Maximillian Wober and the incoming Rutter certainly point to a bright and sustainable future at Elland Road, with which he deserves a huge amount of credit for the work being done behind the scenes.

The Whites are clearly backing Marsch with much-needed reinforcement this month, and the American must now ensure his squad delivers on their promise in the coming weeks.

An exciting and vibrant squad is being formed in Yorkshire, and it’s enough to probably make the rest of the Premier League stand up and take notice.

In other Leeds news, Whites target set to miss club friendly, with Elland Road move edging closer.