By Daniel Feliciano

9th Jan, 2023 | 1:10pm

Unnamed club in advanced talks for Azzedine Ounahi as Leeds United face disappointment despite £17.5m bid

An unnamed club have entered advanced talks to sign Azzedine Ounahi, despite Leeds tabling a £17.5m bid for the midfielder according to Ryan Taylor.

The Morocco international has become a sought-after target in the January transfer window after his stand-out performances during the World Cup as they finished in fourth place in Qatar.

But despite Leeds tabling a blockbuster offer, the Express journalist tweeted that they are set for disappointment in their pursuit of the player as he closes in on a move elsewhere.

“Leeds facing disappointment in race to sign Morocco World Cup starlet Azzedine Ounahi after submitting bid worth in region of £17.5m,” he wrote on his personal Twitter account (9 January).

“Unnamed club now in advanced talks over deal with Angers, where he could remain on loan until end of season. Negotiations continuing tomorrow.”

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With Mateusz Klich already having left Elland Road in January, midfield is definitely a position that can be dealt with during the winter window and strengthened.

Ounahi would fit in perfectly at the club as a young player with a high ceiling and lots of potential for development and re-sale value, but also more than good enough to improve the first-team squad immediately.

But with some reports that he’s not interested in a move to Leeds anyway, it seems as though the club are probably better off moving on from this deal now and finding someone else to fill the void.

A left-back has already been brought in and the club is close to signing a new striker in Georginio Rutter, so attention can turn to bolstering alternative areas of the squad and midfield would surely be next on the list of priorities.

But if Ounahi can’t be brought in, then we can trust that Victor Orta will find a suitable alternative to bring in with a similar value and use to the squad.

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