Leeds United have a definite interest in Martin Terrier but they’ll need to fork out to secure his signature this transfer window…
That’s according to Daily Express journalist Ryan Taylor, who claims that the Yorkshire giants are keen on the Stade Rennes forward and that he’s one of many targets in the role.
“Terrier is one there’s definite interest in from Leeds. But I do question whether they have the kind of money available to sign him, because he would probably cost £35 million, £30 million,” he revealed to GIVEMESPORT.
“Given the sales or Raphinha and Phillips, that’s doable, for sure. I think there’s a handful of potential targets. But at the moment it’s not clear who exactly they’re going to push for.”
The Whites have enjoyed a busy summer of business off the pitch, bringing in no fewer than six new names, all of which will add a lot to manager Jesse Marsch’s squad.
However, they are still lacking another striker to provide backup and potentially challenge Patrick Bamford to the starting spot.
Both the American and his predecessor, Marcelo Bielsa, had to suffer from the Englishman’s absence throughout last season. He was only able to play in nine top-flight matches with injury and Leeds struggled, largely because they did not have another senior striker.
Winger Dan James and young forward Joe Gelhardt were left to pick up the pieces but ultimately, no one could replace his 17 goals from a season earlier.
Terrier, whilst he would be a sizeable investment, is certainly an exciting candidate to help Marsch’s frontline.
The 25-year-old delivered a whopping 21 goals and four assists across 37 Ligue 1 appearances last season as he enjoyed something of a career year in France. He was largely deployed upfront but also out on the left flank, as per Transfermarkt.
And there are plenty of reasons to why he would be an instant hit in the Premier League, having earned lofty comparisons to that of ex-Arsenal marksman Thierry Henry.
“He’s a very quick, left-sided right-footed attacking player whose trademark is coming in off the left flank and whipping shots in; a-la Thierry Henry,” claimed European football writer Tom Williams to the Sky Sports Transfer Talk podcast.
“Looking at his age and the phenomenal season he had last season, he will probably think that if he is ever going to make a big move to the Premier League, it’s probably going to be now or never.”
Marsch and co cannot afford to go into the rest of the season without another option to Bamford, so the signing of a new frontman must be among the priorities at Elland Road.
Director of football Victor Orta could well seal a “real coup” in Terrier, as claimed by journalist Pete O’Rourke, so it’s on him and his recruitment staff to get this one over the line.
It may cost around £34m, according to reports in France, but it would be worth every penny, given his recent goalscoring record. Marsch needs someone like the Rennes goal machine before September 1st, that’s for sure.