Leeds to increase bid for Canadian striker amid tricky contract situation

Date published: Wednesday 26th February 2020 12:40 - Steve Pearson

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Leeds Utd are prepared to up their offer for a 24-year-old Canadian striker to €5m, but their efforts could be undercut by the player’s current contract situation.

The Whites are in the midst of an enthralling promotion race as they look to return to the top table of English football for the first time since 2004.

Their current campaign has experienced more highs than lows, but one constant source of frustration for the Elland Road faithful pertains to their lack of cutting edge in front of goal.

Patrick Bamford has led the line capably, but with just 12 goals and three assists from 33 Championship clashes, has left a little to be desired for a team with lofty ambitions.

Eddie Nketiah returned to parent club Arsenal in the winter window and was replaced by fellow loan signing Jean-Kevin Augustin, but the Frenchman has struggled to displace Bamford amid concerns over his match fitness.

Now, a report from Turkish publication Milliyet (via SportWitness) has revealed that ‘Leeds United are prepared to offer €5m to sign’ Canadian forward Cyle Larin.

Larin is currently on loan at Belgian side Zulte Waregem from parent club Besiktas, where he has notched seven goals and an impressive 10 assists in the Belgian top flight.

The striker ‘was seen as an option’ in the previous window, but his loan spell in Belgium prevented Leeds from acting on their interest.

 

A summer move could be on the cards as Besiktas look to recoup a fee for the man out of contract in 18 months, but one fly in the ointment could be ‘Zulte Waregem having the option to make his stay permanent for €2.5m’.

The SportWitness article describes the chances of this happening as ‘likely’, though Marcelo Bielsa’s side will reportedly remain steadfast in their efforts to land their man.

Meanwhile, Bielsa has responded to the rumours that midfield linchpin Kalvin Phillips could be set for a call-up to Gareth Southgate’s England squad.

 

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