By Craig Scott

3rd Jun, 2020 | 4:45pm

Leeds transfer hunt hits the skids as pre-agreed £3.5m deal falls through - reliable journalist

Leeds United have been dealt a major blow in their hunt to sign Besiktas centre-forward Cyle Larin thanks to the coronavirus pandemic.

Larin, 25, has spent the season on loan at Zulte Waregem and the Belgian club were planning to trigger their option to sign the Canada international permanently in the summer.

According to Asist Analiz journalist Safak Malatya, Leeds had agreed a fee with Zulte to sign him from them once they officially made him their player.

The Turkish journalist reported on his personal Twitter account that Leeds agreed a £3.5million fee with Zulte to take Larin off their hands as soon as they signed him but the COVID-19 outbreak in Europe has had a major impact on the economy and Zulte will not be signing the striker from Bestikas anymore.

It now seems that Larin is set to join CSKA Moscow instead.

Lazio were keen on Larin but Calcio Mercato reports that he is heading to the Russian capital to join CSKA directly from Besiktas.

It remains to be seen whether or not Larin would have been a good signing for Leeds but he has done well this season at Zulte Waregem, scoring nine goals and supplying 11 assists in 33 appearances across all competitions.

That £3.5million fee seems very low for a team like Leeds, who are likely to be playing Premier League football next season so Larin could have been worth taking a bit of a gamble.

However it does not look like he’s coming to West Yorkshire any time soon.

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