By Craig Scott

12th Aug, 2022 | 1:40pm

Leeds United do in-depth analysis of Rennes striker Martin Terrier amid transfer speculation - Phil Hay

Leeds United have done their background checks on Rennes forward Martin Terrier as they hunt attacking additions before the summer transfer window closes, according to The Athletic journalist Phil Hay.

Writing on The Athletic website on 1 August, Hay reported that the Whites are fond of Terrier, 25, but the ex-France Under-21s international would cost “in excess of £30million“.

Hay now claims that a lot of work has been done to see if Terrier is a suitable signing for Jesse Marsch.

“Some of it may have legs in the sense that Leeds may have made enquiries or done background [checks] on these players. They might have done close-up analysis,” said Hay on the latest episode of The Phil Hay Show podcast (12 August, 9m30s).

“For example, they have a lot of analysis of Terrier at Rennes so that is a concrete link. But it isn’t to say that they’re actually going to do it and it isn’t to say that they can afford him or would want to spend the money on him specifically.

“But they like him enough to do that sort of background on him.”

Victor Orta hard at work

You don’t have to do the most strenuous of research to see that Terrier had a stunning season for Rennes in 2021/22.

He finished the campaign with 21 goals and seven assists in 45 appearances across all competitions, playing as both a left-winger and a centre-forward.

Terrier scored against some of France’s strongest sides in Lyon, Nice, Monaco and Strasbourg, all of whom finished in the top eight of Ligue 1.

Rennes have been a happy hunting ground for Leeds in the past with the Whites signing Raphinha from them back in 2020.

Terrier is a different type of play and, as Hay says, “is slightly older than targets who fit the resale model at Elland Road” at the age of 25.

However, Leeds cannot be fussy now because we’re at the back-end of the summer transfer window and we simply cannot go into September with Patrick Bamford as Marsch’s only senior centre-forward option.

Rodrigo and Daniel James both failed miserably in that role last term and while Joe Gelhardt and Sam Greenwood are promising youngsters, it could be a mistake to put so much pressure on their inexperienced shoulders.

Terrier looks like the real deal but £30million is a lot.

Leeds like him though and wouldn’t do so much work to analyse him unless they were going to firm up that interest with a bid.

Let’s hope one goes in soon.

In other Leeds United news, Phil Hay has named two forwards linked with Leeds with a major transfer update shared.