The Lowdown: Broja linked with Leeds
The Whites appear to be after a new striker to complete their summer business after already bringing in six new faces. Club Brugge forward Charles De Ketelaere has been heavily linked, but it looks as if he is keen on a move to AC Milan.
Leeds are also thought to be interested in Broja, who Albania national team coach Sergio Porrini hailed as ‘devastating‘.
90min name-checked the Whites, when it came to the striker’s next potential destination, with Chelsea set to command a fee in excess of £30m should they decide to sell the 20-year-old.
The Latest: O’Rourke reacts
Speaking to GiveMeSport, O’Rourke was asked about Leeds and a possible swoop for Broja. He said ‘it would be a massive coup’ due to the number of clubs who are keen on the youngsyer, adding that it could be a ‘really good piece of business by Leeds’.
The journalist said:
“It would be a massive coup if they could get Broja considering the competition that’s out there for his signature right now.
“You’ve got the likes of West Ham, Newcastle, Everton, Southampton all in for Broja, so I think if Leeds were able to pull a deal off for the Albanian, I think it’d be a really good piece of business by Leeds United. He’s somebody who would provide goals for that team next season considering how well he did at Southampton.”
The Verdict: Big money
It looks as if a move for Broja wouldn’t be cheaper than a swoop for De Ketelaere, with either of them likely to cost in the region of £30m, a fee that Leeds have never paid for a player in their history.
Broja is still just 20 years of age with 24 senior goals to his name for club and country. However, it could be a gamble to pay such a big amount for a player who has just 33 games of Premier League experience to his name.
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It could be one which pays off, though, with Patrick Bamford making just seven league starts last season due to injury.
Leeds could be better off going after a proven forward and having Joe Gelhardt as the exciting attacking youngster.
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