By Anthony Onifade

18th May, 2023 | 1:40pm

Leeds United transfer news: Branco van den Boomen targeted by host of clubs as first contract offer tabled

Leeds United are among a host of clubs monitoring the situation of Toulouse midfielder Branco van den Boomen, according to Turkish outlet Takvim.

The 27-year-old has emerged as one of the most exciting emerging talents in French Ligue 1 helping the club to claim their first major trophy in their history after winning the Coupe de France against Nantes [29 April].

Transfer guru Fabrizio Romano took to his personal Twitter account to report that the creative maestro looks set to leave on a free transfer this summer following the expiration of his contract, with Leeds United showing an interest.

However, according to Takvim [18 May], the Whites are still in the mix for Boomen but have learned that Fenerbache offered him a three-year contract worth €2m per season (£1.7m) with the Dutchman requesting some time to reflect on the Yellow Canaries proposal.

The 27-year-old is also closely being monitored by clubs across the continent with Aston Villa, Marseille, Feyenoord, Sevilla, VfL Wolfsburg all said to be interested in his services along with Leeds United.

Tough pull

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If there was ever a midfield star on the continent well-versed in scoring and creating goals at an alarming rate, it is certainly Van den Boomen who has rapidly emerged on the scene after two excellent years at Toulouse.

15 goals and 29 assists in his last two campaigns is exceptional, and it’s easy to see why top clubs around Europe are interested in his services, seeing as he is refusing to sign a new deal.

Leeds United are certainly showing their intent by signifying their interest but given their difficult position in the Premier League right now, it’s hard to see Van den Boomen choosing a route to Elland Road right now.

Should they miraculously secure their English top-flight status then this is a move that they must exploit this summer.

The Dutch midfielder has all the makings to thrive in the Premier League, given his tremendous creative and attacking qualities, something the Whites could well do with if they are to improve on their positioning in the English top flight, but given the quality of the alternative suitors, Leeds simply don’t have that sort of pull right now.

In other Leeds United news, a partial closure of Elland Road could now be on the cards with an investigation underway