Report: Leeds plot swoop for centre-back out of contract this summer, Bielsa a big fan
Leeds United are interested in signing Paris FC defender Samuel Yohou this summer, according to French outlet Le10Sport.
The 28-year-old is entering the final stages of his contract with the Ligue 2 club, and is said to be drawing admiring glances from a number of sides across Europe.
League One promotion hopefuls Coventry City are understood to be monitoring the centre-back’s situation, while Italian side Crotone are also said to be keen.
The report states that Marcelo Bielsa is a fan of the player, with the boss believed to be impressed by his physicality, maturity, and accomplished technical abilities.
Le10Sport even go as far as to suggest that the Whites are heading the queue for the player, who has featured in 23 games for Paris so far this term.
But it is easy to see why there may be some scepticism over whether or not this would be a smart move for Leeds to pursue.
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After all, we’re talking about a 28-year-old who has never played a top-flight game in his entire career.
Of his 106 career league appearances, 69 have come in Ligue 2, with the rest coming in the third tier of French football or lower.
That’s not to say that he couldn’t cut it at the highest level, but with Leeds on the cusp of a return to the Premier League, it would surely represent a sizeable gamble to make a move for a player with such a shortcoming in relevant experience.
The counter-argument, however, is one of cost.
With Yohou approaching the end of his contract in France, he would be available for a free transfer this summer, while Le Parisien reported back in December that Paris FC impose a salary cap of around £13,000-a-week on their squad.
You would assume, therefore, that his pay would be more than affordable, and a cut-price deal could be enough to convince Elland Road chiefs to take a risk.
Even with rival interest from Coventry City and Crotone, the Whites – backed by a top-flight budget – would presumably lead the race in terms of financial muscle.
If Bielsa himself is a fan and is willing to vouch for him despite some serious question marks, this could be a goer.
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