By Craig Scott

6th Aug, 2020 | 3:50pm

Defender wanted by Leeds loses place in starting XI as club signs new player for £6.3m - reports

Leeds United might have been handed a boost in their pursuit of KAA Gent defender Milad Mohammadi, according to reports in Belgium.

Het Nieuwsblad had reported that Leeds and Rangers were interested in signing the 26-year-old left-back this summer and that he would be keen on moving to the Premier League.

Now, an update by Belgian newspaper HLN says that Mohammadi has lost his spot in the Gent starting line-up after the £6.3million singing of Nurio Fortuna was completed.

Mohammadi played for Gent on Wednesday as they beat RFC Seraing in their final pre-season friendly before the Belgian league restarts this weekend.

It remains to be seen whether or not Mohammadi will start against Sint-Truiden on Sunday but HLN’s report suggest that he won’t.

And that is bound to give Leeds an advantage in their hunt to sign the Iran international, who is reportedly valued £6.3million by Gent.

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However, does Marcelo Bielsa really need another left-back?

Stuart Dallas was brilliant there last season as Leeds won promotion to the Premier League – although we concede that Dallas isn’t a natural left-back and could be found out by the top-flight’s attacking stars.

But Bielsa does also have Ezgjan Alioski, Leif Davis and Barry Douglas who can play there. It is simply down to whether or not the Argentine wants to find an upgrade on what he already jas.

It is hard to say whether Mohammadi would be an upgrade for Leeds.

The Iranian left-back has played at the World Cup but at club level, he’s only played in Iran, Russia and Belgium.

In other Leeds United news, have Leeds benefitted from a sell-on clause in Kemar Roofe’s switch to Rangers?