Leeds United are among four Premier League clubs who are eyeing Sampdoria centre-back Omar Colley, according to Club Doria.
The Italian news website, which focuses on Sampdoria, claims the 28-year-old’s value has risen to upwards of £12.8million this season due to his strong form for club and country.
Colley has helped The Gambia defy the odds and qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations for the first time ever in this international break as they topped a group containing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s Gabon and regular qualifiers DR Congo and Angola.
Leeds are not the only team interested in Colley, however. Club Doria clubs Fulham, Newcastle and West Ham are also eyeing up the former Genk defender.
It is also understood that if the right offer comes in, Sampdoria may consider selling the centre-back.
Do Leeds need another CB?
Marcelo Bielsa and Victor Orta worked hard on improving Leeds’ centre-back options last summer when Diego Llorente and Robin Koch were brought in.
It was an area Leeds had no choice but to add to after Ben White’s loan deal ended and any hopes of a permanent transfer from Brighton were ended.
The Yorkshire giants also have Liam Cooper and Pascal Struijk as natural centre-back options with right-back Luke Ayling and defensive midfielder Kalvin Phillips can also play in the heart of the defence.
While Colley seems as though he could be a cheap addition in terms of the money usually spent by Premier League clubs on international defenders, it’s hard to say whether splashing out on him would be worth it.
Colley has played 21 times in all competitions for Sampdoria this season and according to stats by Wyscout, he ranks 25th in Serie A for defensive duels success percentage [69.6%]. He’s also won 21 aerial duels inside his own penalty area, which ranks him 20th in Italy’s top-flight.
While Colley’s stats don’t leap up off the page, he seems to be a decent centre-back.
But is he any better than what Leeds already have? That’s very debatable so there’s perhaps no point in taking the risk of spending money on a player who won’t add more quality to the starting line-up.