By George Overhill

17th Aug, 2022 | 4:10pm

Leeds United remain heavily interested in Ismaila Sarr amid major Crystal Palace bid

Crystal Palace have had a €25million bid for Leeds United target Ismaila Sarr rejected by Watford, according to Foot Mercato’s Santi Aouna.

The reporter has doubled down on the Whites’ presence in the race for the Senegal international, after the news was said to “wide of the mark” by The Athletic’s Phil Hay last week (11 August).

In the story on the Foot Mercato website it says that the offer from the Eagles was “immediately” rejected at Vicarage Road.

While on Twitter Aouna wrote: “Crystal Palace have made an initial offer of around 25M € to Watford for Ismaïla Sarr

“Proposal refused by the Hornets who ask for more.”

Then, in the face of suggestions to the contrary they add: “Real interest from Leeds, despite denials”

United need another forward to cover for Patrick Bamford and Joe Gelhardt but while Sarr, 24, can play through the middle he is primarily a wide attacker.

Right target?

Watford want big money for the man who scored from his own half last week, and the Whites definitely need something else in attack, but this might not be the best use of the money.

His versatility could be a benefit if the other forwards can stay fit, while allowing him to step in if injuries spring up again, but for a price of £30million or more it is pretty steep when they have Jack Harrison and Luis Sinisterra as primary options out wide.

Clearly Aouna has some information if he is directly disputing the denial of his previous reporting, so there must be something in this even if it isn’t imminent.

His last update before Wednesday (17 August) was that the club were in “advanced talks” but needed a player to depart.

Unless these negotiations are all a contingency for the possibility that Harrison were to be tempted away by a massive offer from Newcastle it is hard to see who is going to leave.

The club surely don’t want the Englishman to go anyway, and the only other realistic candidate would be Dan James, who himself is regularly shunted up top where he isn’t suited.

But it seems unlikely that a sizeable bid for him comes in so, with the days of the window counting down, it is tricky to see what solution can be found here.

Either way United need another forward and if they aren’t going all out for Sarr they must be pretty far down the line for someone else.

In other Leeds United news, they are circling a proven goalscorer whose manager knows he can’t stop leaving.