Leeds United could seal a cheaper alternative to Martin Terrier in fellow Ligue 1 talisman Arnaud Kalimuendo, according to Daily Express journalist Ryan Taylor…
The Yorkshire giants have been linked with moves for both strikers but Stade Rennes are asking for around €40m (£34m) to let Terrier leave before the transfer deadline on September 1st.
“I do believe Leeds made an offer [for Terrier] that was reported in the French media for the player, but it seems like he could stay in France with Rennes or someone like that,” Taylor revealed to GIVEMESPORT.
“So, again, it’s just a case of if they can convince these players to join if they’ve got enough money in hand to strike deals. I think that one would be a slightly cheaper deal than Terrier, but would there have been movement on that front by now if that was a deal likely to happen? I probably think so.”
Whilst he would cost chairman Andrea Radrizzani a lot less in terms of a transfer fee, Kalimuendo has still proven his goalscoring exploits in the French top-flight over the past 12 to 18 months.
During a loan spell at league rivals RC Lens, the 20-year-old bagged 12 goals last season, taking his total for the club across a two-year spell to 21 goals across 65 appearances, via Transfermarkt.
He certainly proved to be a threat in front of goal, firing off 2.51 shots per 90 and scoring 0.34 goals for every shot on target per 90, as per FBref, who have also likened his statistical profile to that of Jonathan David and West Ham’s new signing Gianluca Scamacca.
“Kalimuendo is a modern forward, his incisive speed, decision-making, intelligence, and technical ability are all of the highest level,” he added.
It’s no secret that Leeds need another frontman to provide competition and valuable backup to Patrick Bamford, who missed a large chunk of last season through injury, and with Terrier’s asking price so high, Kalimuendo could be the perfect alternative.
It could also be argued that the Rennes man has only had one standout season and there’s no telling whether he can keep up such form, whereas the young PSG goal machine has delivered over multiple seasons whilst out on loan.
As such, Orta must look to get a deal for the France U21 international over the line before the end of the month.