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Leeds: Gianluca Di Domenico drops Noah Okafor update

Leeds United have discovered how much it will cost to bring Noah Okafor to Elland Road in the January transfer window.

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In a recent interview with Italian radio channel Radio CRC (via Leeds Live), the Red Bull Salzburg forward’s agent, Gianluca Di Domenico, revealed that the reported target of Victor Orta will set the Premier League side back between €25m (£22m) and €30m (£26m), should the Whites wish to make a move for the 22-year-old in the winter market.

Regarding the future of his client, the agent said: “Those who have seen the match against Milan have certainly noticed his characteristics. Do Napoli follow him? There are rumours that they are following him and that they also liked him in the summer transfer window. Salzburg have sold players worth €493m since 2016. Okafor will be valued between €25-30m.”

“Superb talent”

Considering just how impressive Okafor has been for Salzburg in recent campaigns, it is not difficult to understand why Orta would be interested in a move to bring the attacker to Elland Road this winter.

Indeed, over his 34 appearances in all competitions last season, the £16.2m-rated talent scored an extremely impressive 14 goals and registered 11 assists, while the 22-year-old has also started the 2022/23 campaign in similarly fine form.

Over his eight Austrian Bundesliga appearances – of which only four have come as starts – this season, the £4.9k-per-week forward has already scored five goals, provided one assist and created two big chances for his teammates, as well as taking an average of 1.9 shots – 0.9 of which have hit the target – making 1.1 key passes and completing 1.4 dribbles per game.

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These metrics have seen the Switzerland international, who can also operate from central and attacking midfield, as well as on either wing, average a simply sensational SofaScore match rating of 7.08, ranking him as Salzburg’s ninth-best player in the top flight of Austrian football so far in 2022/23.

As such, with the 22-year-old, who journalist Josh Bunting dubbed a “superb talent“, evidently being extremely deadly in the final third, as well as boasting an eye for a defence-splitting pass and being capable of taking defenders on one vs one, it would appear extremely advisable for Orta to launch a £26m move for the striker when January rolls around, as Okafor would undoubtedly represent a superb addition to Jesse Marsch’s current attacking arsenal in LS11.