By Daniel Feliciano

23rd Jan, 2022 | 8:10pm

Leeds should look elsewhere as Vedat Muriqi 'one step away' from Lazio

Vedat Muriqi is ‘one step away’ from leaving Lazio, with Leeds United among the clubs looking to sign him on loan according to Il Messaggero.

The Kosovan striker is desperate to leave Lazio this month after just one start in Serie A this season, with Marcelo Bielsa’s side among the most interested parties in the striker [La Lazio Siamo Noi].

According to Il Messaggero, the 27-year-old is just ‘one step away’ from leaving the Rome club and Sunday’s game against Atalanta could be his final appearance for the club.

They state that there has been late interest from French club Saint-Ettiene, but that a loan deal with the option to buy is ‘on the home straight’ and could be done before the deadline next week.

Muriqi hasn’t scored yet this season from 15 appearances across all competitions, although he has managed just 315 minutes of action in those games.

Solution?

Leeds are in need of a striker, that much is undeniable, but whether Muriqi is the answer to their problems is certainly up for debate.

According to WhoScored.com his best strengths are his finishing and aerial duels but crossing isn’t something that Leeds do a great deal of in fairness.

He’d need time to adapt to the pace of the Premier League and then the style of play that Marcelo Bielsa implements also, and by the time that has happened it could be too late already.

The Whites need someone that can come in and hit the ground running, while the eventual return to fitness of Patrick Bamford would likely see Muriqi return to a substitutes role.

It’s not what he wants and it’s hard to be convinced that he is the right answer for Leeds, so a deal not happening may not be the worst thing in the world.

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