Leeds announce major striker signing to boost promotion bid

Leeds United have announced the signing of Red Bull Leipzig striker Jean-Kevin Augustin on loan until the end of the season.

Augustin came through the youth ranks at PSG and went on to make his senior debut for the club back in April 2015, going on to help the French giants win every domestic honour over the next two years.

But in July 2017, he completed a move to Bundesliga outfit Leipzig for a reported fee of €13m.

He has featured in both the Champions League and Europa League during his time in Germany and scored 20 goals in 67 outings.

Augustin returned to his native France to join Monaco on loan at the start of the season and went on to feature 13 times before switching to Elland Road.

He also helped France win the European Under-19 Championship in 2016, where he was the top goal-scorer and player of the tournament.

Augustin becomes Leeds’ third signing of the January transfer window following the arrivals of Elia Caprile and Ian Poveda, as Marcelo Bielsa’s looks to get the club’s automatic promotion hopes back on track.

He will wear the number 29 shirt for Leeds and could make the deal permanent if he impresses.

Meanwhile, West Ham United and Burnley are set to battle it out for the signature of Sampdoria midfielder Ronaldo Vieira, a new report suggests.

The former Leeds United man, who has represented England at Under-21 level, has put in a series of impressive performances for the Serie A club.

The Athletic report that the 21-year-old defensive midfielder could be due a return to English shores 18 months after leaving Leeds for Sampdoria. Read more…