By Anthony Onifade

13th Jan, 2023 | 11:40am

Leeds United now in pole position to sign Azzedine Ounahi, £2.2m offered to Angers star

Leeds United have now taken the lead in attempts to sign Angers’ Morroccan international star Azzedine Ounahi, according to Italian journalist Ciro Venerato.

The 22-year-old midfielder has been the hot topic of conversation throughout the January market so far, due to his scintillating breakout performances at the World Cup 2022 in Qatar.

According to reports [8 January], the Whites had previously submitted a bid of around £22million to secure his talented services this month, with the player switching agents in order to secure a move away from the Ligue 1 strugglers.

The player is also of interest to Italian Serie A league leaders Napoli, but it seems as though the Whites have stolen ahead of the race to sign Ounahi, according to reports in Italy.

Venerato, speaking to Rai, as transcribed by media outlet Area Napoli [12 January], revealed: “As regards the Napoli transfer market, we can say that Leeds are in pole position for the Moroccan Azzedine Ounahi.”

“The English have offered €25m to Angers and €2.5m to the player, higher figures than those offered by Napoli which had stopped at €1.5m.”

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The Whites are currently enjoying another exciting transfer window, with Jesse Marsch being further backed with signings as he attempts to steer his talented side away from the relegation zone and into more comfortable waters in the Premier League table.

And their January window could now make the telling impact they need to so, having already secured the services of Maximilian Wober from Red Bull Salzburg, and they are also on the verge of completing a deal to sign TSG Hoffenheim’s French-born forward Georginio Rutter.

The Yorkshire outfit means business this month, especially with all the rumours of a club sale at the end of the season. But, signing Ounahi to their ranks will certainly be a big statement of intent from owner Andrea Radrizzani and director of football Victor Orta.

If his World Cup performances are anything to go by, Ounahi could well prove an absolute steel at £22million seeing as he is a player, the Whites certainly need in midfield, following the departure of fan favourite Mateusz Klich.

Ounahi is incredibly skilful, agile, progressive and purposeful in his play in midfield, something Marsch could do well to add to his squad this month. Add his qualities with that of Wilfried Gnonto, Tyler Adams, Rodrigo, Luis Sinisterra, and Rutter, and the Whites could well possess one of the most exciting squads in the English top flight.

It is a refreshing, vibrant and impressive squad Marsch is building over at Elland Road.

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