Newcastle United move ahead of Leeds United in race for Arnaud Kalimuendo
Leeds have fallen behind in the race for Paris Saint-Germain striker Arnaud Kalimuendo after Newcastle accelerated their interest, according to Media Foot.
The Whites tabled a bid worth around £17m for the striker last month, just £4m off the Ligue 1 champions valuation for the ace who spent the last two seasons on loan at RC Lens.
However it’s Eddie Howe’s side who have made the next move, handing a mandate over to the Stellar Agency to advance the transfer of the player.
The Magpies are not put off by the £21m demands placed on the player and a deal is now expected to accelerate in the coming days.
Leicester City are also interested in the 21-year-old, but they haven’t yet made an official move in the transfer window.
Kalimuendo is definitely a tidy young striker who would provide good depth to our attack, but it’s certainly not the end of the world if we’re to miss out on his signature.
His two seasons of regular first-team football have seen him hit eight and 13 goals in all competitions in each season, which is hardly numbers to set pulses racing.
But he is a very good finisher with both feet and has good speed to run in behind. He would definitely suit the way Marsch wants to play and compliment Bamford well.
However he’s not the only player that would be available for that price that can offer those attributes. The club clearly want Charles De Ketelaere and while it’s unlikely, he’s a much better player.
There is plenty of time in the window, and not to mention the fact the club already have Joe Gelhardt and Sam Greenwood at the club too. It’s not the end of the world, and fans should still be happy with the window so far.
In other Leeds news, the Whites are just £4.2m away from matching PSG’s asking price for Kalimuendo