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Leeds: Fabrizio Romano claims Whites are still monitoring Azzedine Ounahi

Leeds United are still very much in the race to sign the Angers midfielder Azzedine Ounahi this month.

What’s the latest?

The Yorkshire club have made a bright start to the January transfer window having already brought in two new faces and spent in the region of £35m.

Victor Orta has already provided Jesse Marsch with a new option to bolster both his defence in Maximilian Wober and his attack with Georginho Rutter.

However, it does not seem as if the Whites are done just yet with claims suggesting they hold a firm interest in the World Cup star, Ounahi.

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And speaking on his Here We Go podcast, Fabrizio Romano has insisted the Premier League side are still monitoring the situation with everything still possible this month:

(12:50) “Between Azzedine Ounahi and all the clubs trying everything is still open. Leeds are still there. Leeds are interested and speaking to Angers. But also Napoli made the proposal to sign a player for the next season. So conversations ongoing but the Ounahi situation will be clarified very soon.”

Final piece to the jigsaw?

It has been a disappointing start to the season for Leeds who find themselves in another relegation battle as they currently sit slumped in 14th spot of the table with just two points separating them from the bottom three.

However, there will be some optimism to be taken from Orta’s actions in the transfer window considering this time last season the Whites didn’t make any moves in the market.

And further reinforcement to their midfield will surely be welcomed by all at Leeds with the likes of Adam Forshaw proving incredibly unreliable over the years but still being used when fit and available.

Should Leeds bring Ounahi to Elland Road?

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In Ounahi, Leeds could potentially be adding a player who shone in Qatar at the World Cup and was hailed by the journalist, Ed Aarons, as a “superstar“.

The Angers midfielder was able to boast the highest success rate of take-ons in the World Cup following their defeat in the semi-final against France.

Having attempted 12 take-ons during the tournament, the 22-year-old was able to successfully complete 10 of those (via Squawka).

And considering he has played the majority of the 2022/23 campaign in an attacking midfield role in Ligue 1, this is a player who could possibly provide Marsch with some creativity for his new striker, Rutter.

The Moroccan ranks incredibly high among other midfielders for dribbles completed, touches in the opposition’s box and progressive passes (via Fbref).

Although there may be some concerns over his lack of goals and assists, his attributes could provide a great partnership alongside the defensive rock Leeds have in Tyler Adams.