By Liam Thomas

17th Jan, 2023 | 7:10am

Leeds United transfer news as Azzedine Ounahi put on hold in Jesse Marsch sack update

Leeds United have put their transfer pursuit of Angers midfielder Azzedine Ounahi on hold with the club unsure about the future of Jesse Marsch, according to the Daily Mail.

The American has been backed by Victor Orta and co in the transfer window so far with the signings of Max Wober and Georginio Rutter being made.

The Daily Mail reports that Leeds United have taken a step back from a potential deal after Marsch failed to win any of his last five Premier League games.

“Leeds have put talks over a move for Angers midfielder Azzedine Ounahi on hold as they take stock of their squad and Jesse Marsch’s future,” as quoted by the Daily Mail.

“The club have decided to hold fire before pursuing a deal for Morocco international Ounahi who has interest from Napoli and Leicester.

“It appeared that Ounahi could be on his way to Elland Road this month to help Leeds in their battle to avoid relegation, but the Premier League outfit have taken a step back for now.”

Bizarre.

With the club making very Marsch-type of player moves for Wober and Rutter this does seem rather bizarre but the results simply haven’t been good enough.

Nevertheless, Ounahi is a top talent and should be pursued regardless of Marsch’s future, he’d be a fine addition to the Leeds United engine room.

Adding quality in all areas of the pitch would be seen as a solid window for the Whites and having secured a defender and forward already, a midfield maestro now wouldn’t go amiss.

Cardiff City in the FA Cup followed by tough Premier League outings against Brentford and Nottingham Forest are next for Marsch and Leeds United.

Failure to win at least two of these fixtures may spell doom for the 49-year-old who has so far been unable to build on the team’s last day-of-the-season heroics.

A lot of the Elland Road faithful would agree that letting Marsch leave may be the best thing for the club in bad results continue because, on paper, his record is pretty woeful.

In other Leeds United news, the Whites are now seeking their third signing of the month with a European contract rebel in their sights.