Report - Leeds set to launch seven-figure bid for 25y/o, club chiefs 'likely' to accept
Leeds United are set to make an official approach for Besiktas striker Cyle Larin in the coming days, according to the print edition of Turkish outlet Aksam.
The Canada international spent this season on loan with Belgian outfit Zulte Waregem, and it was initially understood that Leeds would conduct their business with the continental club after his option-to-buy clause was triggered at the end of the campaign, according to Asist Analiz journalist Safak Malatya.
Italian outlet Calcio Mercato had since reported that deal has fallen through, however, with CSKA Moscow instead named as his next destination.
But Aksam now suggest that Leeds are back in the driving seat for the 25-year-old, and will approach Besiktas directly with a bid for him.
The Super Lig club are said to be in financial trouble as a consequence of the Coronavirus pandemic, and have earmarked Larin as one player they would be willing to offload this summer.
The report suggests that a bid of just under £2 million could be enough to convince the Turkish side to sell the forward, with club chiefs “likely” to accept.
This is a turn up for the books.
As recently as the beginning of this month it seemed as if Leeds’ hopes of landing Larin were pretty much dead in the water following that report from Italy.
But it would appear that the odds have swung massively back in their favour.
A fee of around £2 million wouldn’t be too bad for a player who registered nine goals and 11 assists this term, but we still have some reservations about the deal.
The 25-year-old has averaged 1.12 shots per game fewer than Patrick Bamford this season, as well as having an xG of just 0.36 to the Elland Road man’s 0.65, as per Wyscout.
If he does end up in the Premier League, therefore, he is going to need to step up his game to make any kind of serious impact for Marcelo Bielsa’s side.
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