According to Tasnim News Agency, Leeds United are interested in bringing Iranian Saeid Ezatolahi to Elland Road this summer.
The 6 ft 3 midfielder spent last season on loan at Reading, but an injury cut his career at the Madejski Stadium short.
Although Ezatolahi played only four games for the Berkshire outfit, he looked like a solid player in the Championship.
He played as you would expect a man of his stature in the midfield to play. 2.3 tackles per game, three aerial duels won per 90 minutes and over three interceptions a match are some of the standout numbers that the Iranian produced during his time in English football.
If he were to join Marcelo Bielsa’s side, he would most likely slot in the holding midfield position which is currently occupied by Kalvin Phillips. With the 23-year-old’s future at the club uncertain Ezatolahi could find himself in a starting role next season.
This potential signing indicates a change in policy at Leeds ahead of this transfer window.
12 months ago, the Whites’ transfer business was centred around bringing in numerous domestic players such as Patrick Bamford, Jack Harrison and Barry Douglas, but to now target an Iranian playing in Russia indicates that they’re looking for a different approach.
The Yorkshire outfit’s scouting network has clearly expanded, so they may target numerous players from all over Europe this summer.
This could be a good thing for Leeds as some of the Championship’s best signings come from abroad. Teemu Pukki immediately springs to mind, but the division is littered with many more like him.
Sometimes the best signings are found in these obscure countries, and for the Whites to finally be targeting these lesser-known players could work in their favour.
Leeds conducted plenty of poor business in the transfer market last season, and they will be hoping for a change in fortunes with this new approach.