Leeds United are interested in signing Fenerbahce attacker Mergim Berisha in the summer transfer window, according to a new transfer rumour.
The Lowdown: Leeds after new attacker
Patrick Bamford’s injury problems last season suggest that he can’t be trusted to stay fit for long periods, while Marsch will also be keen for more depth in the final third.
Aanother player has now emerged in Leeds’ quest to bring in an attacker, as the busy summer at Elland Road continues.
The Latest: Leeds linked with Berisha
According to A Spor journalist Ahmet Selim Kul [via Sport Witness], the Whites are ‘interested’ in signing Berisha, having been in the ‘best form of his career’ under Marsch during their mutual time at Red Bull Salzburg.
The Leeds manager reportedly ‘wants’ his former player at Elland Road, which suggests that a deal could be completed before the start of the new Premier League season.
The Verdict: More experienced option
At 24, Berisha is three and four years older than De Ketelaere and Kalimuendo respectively, so he could be considered a more rounded, experienced transfer target for Leeds.
He has scored 68 goals in his senior club career and won UEFA’s Europa League Goal of the Season award for 2021/22, following an acrobatic effort against Royal Antwerp, highlighting his eye for the spectacular.
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The fact that Marsch has worked with Berisha in the past is also a positive, as the 48-year-old will know the German’s game inside out and could see exactly how he can benefit the manager’s team and system.
With the American having already plundered Red Bull’s network of his former clubs to bring Brenden Aaronson, Rasmus Kristensen and Tyler Adams to Elland Road, it looks as if he is hoping to utilise these connections to good effect once more.
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