By Craig Scott

5th Oct, 2020 | 2:54pm

Leeds plot last-ditch swoop to sign 26y/o Dutch international - report

Leeds United are plotting a deadline day swoop to sign Mainz midfielder Jean-Paul Boëtius, according to German newspaper BILD.

Last week, Bulinews reported that Boëtius, 26, could be on his way out of Mainz before the international transfer deadline passes on Monday.

It is understood that the one-time Netherlands international is valued at £4.5million by Mainz and BILD now claims that Leeds could make a move to sign him.

Boëtius scored four goals and supplied five assists in 28 Bundesliga appearances for Mainz last season, playing mainly as a central attacking midfielder.

The Rotterdam-born ace is extremely versatile so he can also play out wide, as a deep-lying midfielder or even as a centre-forward.

Below is an image of Boëtius’ heatmap [WyScout] from all of his appearances last season and you can see just how much he’s able to cover a number of positions.

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Marcelo Bielsa is a massive fan of players who can play in multiple positions and Boëtius seems as though he would be able to fill a number of roles in the Leeds midfield.

It has been widely reported that right-sided Rennes winger Raphinha is on the verge of joining the Whites before the transfer deadline passes on Monday while Boëtius is more of a central, left-sided midfield player.

It wouldn’t be a shock to see Leeds sign both Raphinha and Boëtius but at the moment, the Yorkshire club’s interest in the Dutchman doesn’t seem anywhere near as advanced.

They have until 11pm on Monday to sign the former Feyenoord, Genk and Basel player so there is still time.

But they will have to make a move as soon as possible in order to avoid any last-minute disappointment.

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