Leeds United target Martin Terrier breaks silence on Premier League move
Rennes striker Martin Terrier has broken his silence amid Premier League interest from Leeds United and West Ham for a summer transfer.
L’Equipe reported on 17 July that the two English sides were chasing the goalscorer and that the Ligue 1 side would require at least €40million (£34million) to let him go.
The Frenchman is in demand after a stellar season in the top flight across the channel where he scored 21 times and assisted four more.
Phil Hay suggested that the Whites felt he was going to be an expensive option when speaking on The Phil Hay Show this week, but it looks like the player does not wish to move anyway.
He said on Thursday (21 July) via Foot Mercato: “If I intend to be part of this framework? Of course, I feel good here. When you have a good season, it’s flattering to have certain clubs that are interested in you, but I’m good here.”
This doesn’t necessarily shut the door on what would be an attractive option to bring to Elland Road, but in light of the struggle to sign top option Charles De Ketelaere it would seem to make it very unlikely.
With the young Belgian he doesn’t prioritise a move to Leeds either, instead wanting to go to Italian champions AC Milan, but the club at least have made an offer that his side would take.
It looks like Rennes would be a tougher proposition anyway if they are not resigned to selling and like want more than Club Brugge want, before it even got to talks with the player.
Arnaud Kalimuendo is the other primary target to bring in extra firepower up front, but that deal is currently stalled as the youngster impresses in preseason for Paris Saint-Germain.
The likes of Ivan Toney have also been mentioned as targets for United, but nobody who has proven they can score goals is going to come cheap currently.
Having made back most of what they have spent so far this summer through sales, although potentially less than originally thought, there should still be a budget to bring in the final few pieces so Victor Orta will have to work hard to get it done.