By Neil Champney

25th May, 2020 | 5:00pm

Report - Leeds still 'very serious' about 25y/o target despite potential setback

Leeds United are still “very serious” about signing Besiktas striker Cyle Larin this summer, according to Turkish outlet Milliyet.

The 25-year-old Canada international spent the season on loan at Belgian outfit Zulte Waregem, where he registered nine goals and 11 assists in 33 appearances across all competitions.

According to Turkish journalist Safak Malatya, the initial understanding was that Zulte would pay to exercise an option-to-buy clause in the player’s loan deal before immediately selling him on to Leeds this summer.

However, as reported by Malatya, the curtailment of the Belgian league as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic means that the club will not be able to afford Besiktas’ asking price for the player.

As a consequence, the reporter suggested that his potential move to Elland Road had collapsed.

But Milliyet dispute that claim.

The Turkish outlet report that the Whites are still interested in dealing with Besiktas directly, with the player said to have no future at his parent club.

And alongside an online report on the matter, the publication also included a piece in its print edition that suggested Marcelo Bielsa is “very serious” about pursuing a deal for the striker.

A large part of whether or not this would be a good deal for the Whites depends on the amount of money they would have to pay for Larin.

According to Turkish outlet Fanatik, a bid of around £5.2 million could be enough to secure a deal for the striker, but even at that price we would have our reservations.

As previously discussed by MOT Leeds News, the 25-year-old is a prolific goalscorer at a certain level.

He’s done well enough in Belgium this season, and his record of 44 strikes in 89 outings for Orlando City over in the MLS is very eye-catching.

But at higher levels, like the Turkish league or his international career, he is much less impressive.

Larin has hit eight goals in 26 for Besiktas, and eight in 31 for Canada.

Our worry would be that he wouldn’t be able to step up to the challenge of the Premier League on the basis of those fairly underwhelming numbers.

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