Leeds must move for Ezequiel Ponce next summer

According to Clubcall, Leeds United scouted Argentine forward Ezequiel Ponce at the weekend as the Whites consider a summer move.

What’s the story, then?

Ponce officially belongs to Roma, but has not actually made a first-team appearance for the Italian giants, representing Granada and Lille over the last two seasons.

Ponce moved on loan to AEK Athens during the recent summer transfer window, and he has managed five goals in eight Super League appearances for the Greek side this term.

According to Clubcall, Leeds had scouts in attendance to watch the striker in action against Panathinaikos on Saturday, and the Championship side’s head coach Marcelo Bielsa is now keen on a reunion with the forward.

Bielsa brought Ponce on loan to Lille in 2017, and the pair could now reunite in England, although the deal might be a little complicated to complete.

Is the deal realistic for Leeds?

Well, Ponce is technically on loan at AEK Athens, but the Greek outfit are believed to have the option to sign him permanently for just over £5m next summer.

Things can quickly change in football, however, and if Leeds are prepared to match AEK Athens’ offer for the South American, then it will be up to the player to decide whether he wants to remain in Greece or move to England.

The Whites will surely need to earn promotion to the Premier League to stand a chance of completing a deal, but it could turn out to be a wonderful signing.

Indeed, Ponce will not turn 22 until March, and showed incredible promise during his time at Newell’s Old Boys before moving to Europe.

Leeds are currently top of the Championship after 16 matches of the campaign, and will fancy their chances of gaining promotion back to the top flight this season.