Leeds United are eyeing up a late move for Noa Lang before transfer deadline day…
That’s according to Belgian newspaper Het Belang van Limburg (via Sport Witness), who have mooted the Yorkshire outfit as a potential destination for the 22-year-old winger.
Although they face competition from Premier League rivals Arsenal.
The Whites were linked with a move for the Club Brugge sensation during the summer but evidently, no move came to fruition with the club instead signing Daniel James in a club-record deal.
Lang himself has even revealed that there is a “good chance” that he will depart the Belgian champions, sooner rather than later.
The initial report suggests that it’ll cost more than €25-30m (£21-25m) to secure him.
A new winger is probably the least of Leeds’ concerns this month but the form of James has been disappointing, if not shocking, and they will be resigned to the fact that Raphinha will not be around forever.
In fact, a move for Lang could bear some similarities to the arrival of the Brazil star, who was a relatively unknown but exciting young talent in France at the time.
United paid Stade Rennes around £17m for his signature and he’s made a huge impact in the year or so he’s been at Elland Road. He’s currently their top goalscorer (eight) and leading creator (2.1 key passes per game) this season.
By comparison, James has managed only two goals and one assist and is outside the top ten for average WhoScored rating in the squad.
Meanwhile, Lang has been excelling for Brugge – last season, he delivered 17 goals and 11 assists on their way to the Jupiler Pro League title. That form has continued into this season, where he has found the net eight times and laid on 11 assists, as per Transfermarkt.
The 5 foot 10 dynamo is capable of operating on the other flank to Raphinha but could well become Bielsa’s next beast out wide. A new central midfielder may be the priority but Leeds should not turn their nose up at a talent as promising as the £22.5m-rated Lang.