Leeds transfer on brink of collapse as Orta has big doubt over key target

Date published: Tuesday 1st June 2021 8:15 - Jonny Whitfield

Leeds have begun to look for alternative targets with sporting director Victor Orta becoming doubtful over a deal for Romain Perraud, a report claims.

The Whites have had continuous links with the Stade Brest left-back in recent weeks. Indeed, the left side of defence is an area the Elland Road club are looking to add to this summer. Ezgjan Alioski is, as it stands, leaving as he ends his contract. Meanwhile, Stuart Dallas has enjoyed his move into midfield and could stay there.

Previous reports claimed that Leeds are close to landing Perraud; Orta reportedly felt ‘confident’ of sealing the Frenchman’s transfer to West Yorkshire.

According to Football Insider, though the transfer has moved to the brink of collapse over the fee.

Brest want between £15million and £18million for the 23-year-old. However, Leeds feel that is too high a price for a player who does not have any senior international experience.

What’s more, Perraud has only played in the French top tier for two seasons, with the Whites uneasy over whether he would be able to make the step up to the Premier League.

Indeed, Orta is sticking to a ‘strict’ transfer budget, the report adds, and wants to be certain that he is spending funds wisely.

The sporting director has previously revealed that he has set a deadline by which time he wants Leeds to have wrapped up their summer transfer business.

As a result, the hunt is now on for other targets. Although, the report does not state who they could turn to.

Perraud is a former France Under-20 international, but his last international appearance came in 2016. Since then, he has failed to make the step up to the Under-21s and beyond.

He impressed this season, though, chipping in with three goals and seven assists in 36 Ligue 1 outings.

Leeds told of transfer barrier

Leeds could also find it hard to seal a deal for Hertha Berlin forward Matheus Cunha.

The Brazilian is an attacking target as Marcelo Bielsa looks to strengthen his options.

However, Hertha’s newly-appointed sporting director has put a dampener on the chances of his star man leaving.

READ MORE: Club chief says he is ‘glad’, as barrier to exciting Leeds transfer hits home

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