Leeds United might have had a quiet January transfer window but plans are already afoot for the summer.
Leeds want to bring in a left-back and, according to Phil Hay, have “genuine interest” in Brest 23-year-old Romain Perraud.
The France Under-21 international has all the characteristics that Marcelo Bielsa is looking for in the position, with Smaterscout describing a player with “a creative edge and a high number of dribbles and shots for a player at his position, combined with a very active role in pressing defensively.”
Brest would not do business in January and extended the player’s contract until 2025.
However, writing in The Athletic, Hay is expecting a formal offer in the summer.
“Sources at Leeds say a left-back will be one of the positions they target closely,” Hay said.
“The club are understood to be genuinely interested in Romain Perraud, of French top-flight side Brest… Brest were not willing to entertain offers for Perraud in the winter window and protected their interests last week by prolonging his contract to 2025, an extension of two years. Leeds, though, will consider tabling a formal offer for him once the season ends.”
The “complete full-back”
Romain Perraud has been tipped for the top for some time now.
In the 18/19 season, he was voted Ligue 2 player of the year at Paris FC by France Football magazine, scoring five goals in 33 appearances.
Celtic were said to be interested in him then but he moved to Brest, where he’s now got himself some serious interest from the Premier League.
He’s been so good at Brest that he’s now tipped to be a future France international.
He’s scored three goals and added five assists in 21 appearances in Ligue 1 this season and at 23 is the right age and a player with all the right characteristics to be a Bielsa star.
He ranked 19th in Get Football News France’s Top 100 in 2020 and they were very effusive about him.
In his write-up they said: “In simple terms, Perraud does what is expected from a ‘modern’ full-back with his support of attacks and keenness to beat a man and provide crosses, as well as forcing his way into the area. But Perraud goes further. Few of his peers possess his guile and vision to create chances and instigate moves.
“Perraud’s next move could see him set the standard as the ‘complete’ full-back.”
A new contract until 2025 gives Brest protection and means he won’t come cheap but he sounds like a very exciting prospect.
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