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James Marshment: Midfielder would be ‘unreal signing’


Leeds have been one of the more active Premier League sides in the January transfer window, already securing the signatures of Max Wober and Georginio Rutter from Red Bull Salzburg and Hoffenheim respectively. And now in the latest speculation, the noise around a potential Elland Road move for Moroccan central midfielder Azzedine Ounahi is re-emerging.

Speaking on his podcast with The Phil Hay Show, well-known Leeds reporter Phil Hay stated:

“There have been a few reports about Ounahi – and speaking to more and more people, and people speaking to us at The Athletic, its definitely one to keep an eye on.”

Hay goes on to discuss that part of the reason the negotiations for striker Georginio Rutter stalled before being finalised over the weekend was so that Leeds didn’t leave themselves in a position where they couldn’t make any more signings in the current transfer window.

“There will be the question of budget – that obviously comes into play, as it did with Rutter as well. If that was done on top of these two deals (Wober and Rutter), it would change the complexion of this squad quite significantly”.

Vital Leeds recently discussed a potential €25 million bid from Leeds for Ounahi, despite reports that the deal was dead in the water. Leeds look like they can out-bid Serie A league leaders Napoli for the Angers midfielder, and are definitely keen on bringing him to Elland Road.

Leeds reporter with TeamTalk James Marshment has now discussed how the 22 year old midfielder would bring exactly what Leeds need in their midfield.

The highly-followed reporter’s synopsis of Ounahi praises the midfielder for his technical abilities and stand-out performances in the 2022 World Cup.

The departure of fan-favourite Mateusz Klich has left a hole in Leeds’ central midfield depth. While Tyler Adams and Marc Roca look more than capable for Jesse Marsch’s side, Leeds tend to look wide open when defending counter attacks, and the midfield options outside the starting pair are in reality, inexperienced or injury prone. It wouldn’t be a huge shock to see a midfielder coming to Yorkshire during the January transfer window.

With that level of praise coming from the likes of Phil Hay, James Marshment and more, Leeds fans will be hoping that there is some substance behind these links and that there is the budget remaining to bring Ounahi in. While there are still questions about the left back position, a signing like this would make for a really competitive transfer window from the club, and one that would significantly bolster chances of avoiding another relegation battle.

In other news, see what Leeds midfielder recently picked up the Player of the Year award for his national team.

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