Leeds director of football Victor Orta has reportedly cooled his side’s interest in signing winger Noni Madueke after learning the price PSV Eindhoven were looking for.
The London-born winger made his debut for England U21s last month, having made the breakthrough in Hollands this season. Madueke lasted 72 minutes before being replaced by Curtis Jones as the young Three Lions were beaten 2-0 by Portugal. Madueke was one of England’s more enterprising players in what was a poor team performance.
He has also been impressing for PSV with nine goals and eight assists in 27 games in all competitions and he has attracted interest from across Europe.
Leeds, with Orta in charge of their recruiment, be looking to add to their squad in the summer. As such, the former Tottenham academy star Madueke was a player of mounting interest to them.
However, according to Football Insider, Leeds have now cooled their interest after learning PSV’s asking price.
Having made contact to find out out their valuation, PSV have told Leeds it would take between £20m – £25m to seal a deal for Madueke.
That appears more than Leeds are willing to spend and it’s understood they have cooled their interest for now.
Madueke comes with Boothroyd backing
Madueke moved from Tottenham aged just 16 and left north London for PSV. He moved to Holland with his mother after making his Spurs U18 debut aged just 15. He also made his professional debut at 17.
The man who granted him a chance for England U21s, Aidy Boothroyd, admits he’s impressed by his talents.
“He’s fitted in really well,” said the England U21 coach. “He’s a powerhouse of a player, technically very good, left-footed and likes to come in off the side of the pitch, off the right and go and link.
“Noni has got a goal in him. He’s very creative. He’s got a massive smile, a lovely kid. The lads have taken to him, as they would because he’s a good player, he has that respect for what he’s done at PSV.”