By Nick Ware

13th Oct, 2021 | 7:15pm

Mike McGrath: Leeds United really liked Noa Lang but knew they were other clubs in pursuit

The Telegraph’s Mike McGrath has shared the summer stance of Leeds United on Noa Lang while backing him to shine in the Premier League.

Lang, 22, was heavily linked with a move to Elland Road during the summer transfer market but he has remained at Belgian side Club Brugge for whom he is starring in the Champions League.

Speaking on Fabrizio Romano’s official Twitch channel [12/10/21] on Tuesday afternoon, McGrath suggests he would be a bargain option compared to some players in Spain.

He said: “The information I had on that is Leeds’ thoughts were ‘he’s a player we really like but we’re not the only ones’.

“I still don’t think he’d be as expensive as getting a player from Spain and he looks like a really good, direct player that would suit the Premier League.”

On the international scene

Lang made his debut for the Dutch national team last week in a 1-0 win over Latvia before a first start against Gibraltar on Monday saw him register two assists in a 6-0 victory.

The Ajax academy graduate, hailed as “incredible” by Football Talent Scout Jacek Kulig on Twitter, really has picked up where he left off last season, showing exactly the sort of form that intrigued the Whites in the first place.

This latest claim by McGrath perhaps suggests that Leeds were perturbed by the presence of other clubs, possibly some elite-level ones at that, who were tracking the Dutchman.

Lang never made a move out of Brugge, though, and is therefore still available to sign in the coming months.

Brugge may well decide to cash in on him in January if they fail to qualify for the Champions League or Europa League knockout stage, and he requests a transfer.

Whether the Whites would still be interested is doubtful, however, given the £25million deadline day outlay on Dan James.

Perhaps it is one that could be revisited in the summer if the worst happens and Raphinha is prised away from Elland Road.

In other Leeds United news, George Galloway has slammed this Whites player in a thinly-veiled Elland Road dig.