If Leeds are to act on their summer interest in a Dutch international winger they may have to go through a Premier League rival and two European giants, per a report.
The Whites lost their most influential forward in pre-season upon selling Raphinha to Barcelona. The Brazilian left after two sparkling seasons at Elland Road and netted the club a tidy £33m profit (before future add-ons).
Luis Sinisterra was the headline attraction brought in to offset the loss. The Colombia international is in a rich vein of form for both club and country at present.
Raphinha’s sale hasn’t been as damaging as Leeds fans might’ve expected. What’s more, young summer recruit, Wilfried Gnonto, is well ahead of schedule and the forward could make his senior debut against Aston Villa on Sunday.
However, a club can never have too many explosive options in the final third to choose from. One such player who Leeds looked at last summer and who is due to be available in the near future is Noa Lang.
The Club Brugge flyer, 23, was retained by the Belgian side despite strong links to Leeds.
Charles De Ketelaere was also on Leeds’ radar and did depart, joining AC Milan.
However, Fabrizio Romano recently reported De Ketelaere’s sale won’t stop Brugge from cashing in on Noa Lang too. On the contrary, the trusted journalist claimed it’s highly likely.
Lang looks a player who’ll be easily gettable in the coming windows, though if Leeds want to reignite their interest, a deal may have to go through three rival suitors.
West Ham join the party
Calciomercato report AC Milan and Atletico Madrid are both in the mix for Lang. The right-footer operates primarily on the left side and has five Netherlands caps to his name since making his debut in 2021.
But aside from the European presence, West Ham may also pose Leeds a problem.
Calciomercato state the Hammers are among those to ‘not lose sight’ of what Lang can bring – as well as the opportunity in the market that’ll soon open up.
Details beyond that are thin on the ground at present. However, reports over the summer spoke of a valuation just over £20m.
Given his contract in Brugge doesn’t expire until 2025, his valuation is unlikely to drop any time soon.
Who needs Noa Lang more?
Leeds generally deploy Jack Harrison in Lang’s strongest position of left wing. Sinisterra has operated on the right side, though made his name at Feyenoord on the left.
As such, Lang no longer appears quite the same level of fit for Leeds as he was prior to Sinisterra signing.
West Ham, meanwhile, have chopped and changed their left wingers this year.
Maxwel Cornet started against Wolves on Saturday and has been given the nod in Europe. Prior to this weekend’s fixture, Pablo Fornals had been David Moyes’ go-to man for the role.
Lang would represent more of a specialised wing option than Fornals who is more comfortable centrally.
His problem in that regard is Lucas Paqueta has signed for a club-record fee.