By Saikat Mandal

14th Jan, 2023 | 10:40am

Phil Hay shares Leeds United transfer news as Azzedine Ounahi approach considered

Leeds United are considering making a “firm approach” to sign Moroccan midfielder Azzedine Ounahi in the January window as Georginio Rutter undergoes his medical at Elland Road, according to Phil Hay.

Writing for The Athletic, the reliable journalist suggested that Rutter probably won’t be the final signing for the club this month, as moves are potentially planned for Ounahi.

The Whites lost Mateusz Klich who left the club to join DC United this month, and they may have earmarked the 22-year-old as a possible replacement.

Ounahi was Morocco’s “break-out player” in the World Cup, and he would be a cracking addition. The Whites have already signed Max Wober from Red Bull Salzburg and are close to completing the signing of Rutter from Hoffenheim as well.

“In the morning, as Leeds were making final preparations for Villa, Georginio Rutter was starting a medical ahead of his proposed move from Hoffenheim,” wrote Hay for The Atheltic.

“His arrival cannot hurt, assuming the move proceeds as planned, and the club are considering following up his purchase with a firm approach for Angers’ Azzedine Ounahi, Morocco’s World Cup break-out player.”

Get it done

The results have been very poor after the World Cup, but the Whites are doing their best to support Marsch to bolster the squad. 

The club have already signed a new defender, and they are close to signing a new striker as well. They have shown ambition in the market and dished out a record fee to land a promising young talent.

Ounahi impressed during the World Cup in Qatar, but Leeds have kept an eye on him for a long time. 

Telefoot journalist Saber Desfarges reported on 8 January that Leeds have already submitted a £22million bid to sign the Angers midfielder. 

Victor Orta admitted last month [16 December, Spanish outlet Marca, as transcribed by Yorkshire Evening Post], that the Whites has been keeping tabs on the versatile midfielder for the last two years and that his performances at the World Cup have surprised him. 

Therefore it doesn’t come as a big surprise that the Whites are leaving no stone unturned to sign the midfielder. 

Fabrizio Romano reported on 15 December that a host of Premier League clubs have been keeping tabs on the Ounahi, so Leeds will have to be quick in getting the deal done. 

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