Premier League side Leeds are reportedly interested in signing Feyenoord youngster Orkun Kokcu after Marcelo Bielsa and co tried to sign him in the winter transfer window.
Some weeks ago, it was reported that Kokcu has opened the door for a move to Elland Road, as his current club Feyenoord managed to fend off interest in January. Now though, it seems Leeds are once again eyeing the youngster.
Should Leeds spend €20 million (£17 million) on Kokcu?
Leeds have Kokcu in their sights
Spanish outlet Sport have recently reported about Kokcu’s situation, mentioning interest from Sevilla (via Sport Witness) and Leeds’ failed January pursuit.
The report goes on to talk about interest from the Whites, saying that Bielsa’s men have Kokcu on their agenda and it suggests that Leeds also have the ‘necessary cash‘ to rope him in.
It stated that Feyenoord would demand a fee of around €20 million (£17 million) for Kokcu and while Sevilla can pay that amount, Leeds will provide them with competition for the 20-year-old midfielder.
Kokcu has previously been linked with a move to Arsenal, while reports had linked Chelsea with a move for him too. The youngster has previously been compared to former Arsenal and Real Madrid star Mesut Ozil.
Kokcu could be a handy signing for Leeds
In the current campaign for Feyenoord, Kokcu has made 23 appearances in all competitions for the side. He has scored twice, picking up just as many assists as well. He can play in central midfield and in attacking midfield as well.
With Adam Forshaw forever injured, Leeds don’t have many out and out central midfielders, with most of the options in that position either more defensively minded like Kalvin Phillips or attacking players Mateusz Klich and Tyler Roberts.
Kokcu can add depth in the middle of the park, and he’s still young so can continue to develop long in the future under Bielsa. Signing him for roughly £17 million could be handy business for the Whites, and the fact that the manager wanted him in January suggests he has an immediate plan to utilise him in the first team.
In other news, Leeds United have been given a boost in their chase for Rodrigo de Paul – read more here.
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