By George Overhill

28th Dec, 2022 | 7:10am

Noa Lang well aware of Leeds United interest after World Cup as Premier League rival emerges

Noa Lang is “well aware” of interest from Leeds United ahead of a potential move in the January transfer window, according to Dean Jones.

The Whites have been looking at the Dutch international, who made one appearance for Louis van Gaal’s side at the World Cup in Qatar, since the Marcelo Bielsa era but may now face a new Premier League rival for his signature.

The one-time star at Club Brugge is more of a peripheral figure at the club now, with Fabrizio Romano stating on 17 November that he would be available in January, and Everton have been mooted as a potential rival.

Former Eurosport journalist Jones, who suggested earlier this month [Give Me Sport, 18 December] that a push from the Whites for the 23-year-old would be upcoming, now feels the Toffees could be in the mix.

He told Give Me Sport (27 December): “Leeds have been hot on Lang for ages and he’s very aware of their interest. But Everton are looking for creative options, so that might be something to look out for.”

Not another one

It is becoming quite a theme at Elland Road for the club to focus in on a young attacking star who then ends up moving elsewhere.

As a Dutch international attacker who currently plays for Club Brugge, Lang inevitably conjures comparisons to both Cody Gakpo, who has just agreed to sign for Liverpool, and Charles De Ketelaere, who the Whites are still after despite his move to AC Milan.

Victor Orta spent most of the summer fruitlessly pursuing the latter, before coming close to securing the former at the end of the window, but came away with neither.

Lang didn’t generate the same interest that his international teammate Gakpo did in Qatar, but with 31 goals and 29 assists in his three seasons with Brugge he is an attractive prospect for any club in need of attacking help.

Jesse Marsch’s side have had a Patrick Bamford-shaped hole at the top of their team for months amid the Englishman’s fitness issues, which has been admirably filled by the likes of Rodrigo and Crysencio Summerville of late.

But Frank Lampard’s Everton are in desperate need of a spark in attack, and with both clubs currently loitering around the relegation zone it could be a deciding factor in a battle against the drop if either were to land Lang in January.

In other Leeds United news, the club are finally moving for defensive help with yet another former Marsch player.