Leeds lead the race for prolific international striker Junior Kabananga

According to the Nottingham Post, Leeds are leading the race for in-demand striker Junior Kabananga, with Nottingham Forest and Hull hot on their tail.

What’s the Story?

DR Congo international Junior Kabananga is cauguht in the middle of a tug of war between three Championship clubs, with Leeds believed to be in pole position to sign the 28-year-old.

Kabananga plies his trade in Kazakhstan with Astana but caught the attentions of European scouts after his stellar displays at the African Cup of Nations earlier this year. The striker was the top scorer in the competition and impressed with his strength and tenacity in front of goal.

However, the report also claims that Kabananga, who has only recently signed a new deal with Astana, is happy in the country stating;

“I’m happy to play in Astana, where I feel the respect and support of the Kazakh people. My environment, the very environment where you live, is very important to me, and Kazakhstan has become for me another place where me and my work on the field is appreciated.”

How good was Kabananga last season?

By far the best season of his career, the 28-year-old was a revelation in Kazakhstan and during the African Cup of Nations. After spending much of his career playing a bit-part role for a number of Belgian clubs, Kabananga flourished, netting 16 times in 33 games for Astana.

The DR Congo international, who is valued at £1.08million by Transfermarkt impressed with his towering strength and eye for goal, which could be a real asset to a Championship club.