Gent chief confirms Leeds are chasing prolific €30m-rated forward

Date published: Sunday 26th July 2020 12:23 - Robert McCarthy

Gent President Ivan De Witte has reportedly claimed that Leeds United are interested in signing forward Jonathan David.

The Canada international scored an impressive 23 goals in all competitions for Gent this season.

He has previously been linked with Manchester United and Arsenal, who held initial talks with his agent Nick Mavromaras.

HLN, as cited by sportslens, claims that French outfit Lille have already had a £23million bid plus bonuses rejected for David.

The report adds that Belgian outfit are holding out for nearer to €30m (£27m) for the 20-year-old.

Leeds are expected to try and improve their attack this summer, having finally secured their return to the Premier League.

They could also face competition from Liverpool, Everton, Tottenham, Newcastle and several other European clubs for the player.

But it would appear that Leeds are firmly in the race for David, if De Witte’s comments are accurate.

Marcelo Bielsa currently has Patrick Bamford to call on as his first-choice striker. But the former Chelsea man is largely unproven at Premier League level, so reinforcements are expected.

Experienced Uruguay frontman Edinson Cavani has been strongly linked with a switch to Elland Road. But David may prove a more viable long-term option, if Leeds are prepared to pay up.

 

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