Transfer insider Fabrizio Romano has claimed that Leeds United are not certain they want to make an official bid for Azzedine Ounahi yet.
The Angers and Morocco midfielder has been heavily linked with the Whites throughout the January transfer window and some reports suggest a move will be made for him soon.
However, rival teams such as Napoli have also been said to have a keen interest in the player and so Leeds may have to act fast if they want to win the race for his signature.
Despite this pressure to complete a deal as soon as possible, it sounds as though the Premier League club may well be hesitating on a bid as they consider whether or not it will be the best plan this winter.
Indeed, while talking on his YouTube channel, Romano explained (14:50): “The other club is Leeds. Because Leeds, after the Georginio Rutter deal, they are now thinking of Ounahi as a possibility.
“They are not 100 percent convinced if they want to make an official bid yet, but Ounahi he is a possibility for Leeds and Napoli – these two clubs at the moment”
According to a report in 90min, Angers could be asking for a fee in the region of €40m (£35.5m) for Ounahi. Seeing as Leeds just spent a club-record fee on Rutter – reported to be around the £36m mark too – it’s not hard to see why the club are hesitant.
The Morocco midfielder, who has been hailed as “incredible”, really made a name for himself at the 2022 World Cup but of course good performance at international tournaments can often lead to inflated fees for players.
Taking it all into account, it makes sense for Leeds to really carefully consider the situation before making a move. However, with Napoli in the equation too, they can’t afford to linger too long or else Ounahi could be gone before they’ve even made a final decision.