Leeds United are ‘still’ interested in completing the signing of Angers and Morocco star Azzedine Ounahi, according to Fabrizio Romano.
The Lowdown: Leeds keen on signing Ounahi
The Whites have been linked with signing the 22-year-old during the January transfer window, with numerous reports suggesting they face a battle with Napoli to secure his signature.
Ounahi wasn’t exactly a big name before the 2022 World Cup in Qatar but his influential midfield performances helped Morocco get to the semi-finals and he has been in fine club form too, ranking highly in most creative metrics from midfield.
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Taking to Twitter on Tuesday, Romano confirmed Leeds have Weston McKennie on their list as a possible option, before saying:
“The list still includes Azzedine Ounahi after opening bid made weeks ago”
The Verdict: Get it done
Ounahi looks like a fantastic prospect who also shouldn’t be too expensive, with his reputation not yet at a stage where he would cost a huge amount and a £25m asking price reported.
His age and all-round profile are ideal for Leeds, however, with the Moroccan possessing endless energy in the middle of park, which is backed up by running an unrivalled 14.7km in the win over Spain at the World Cup.
Tyler Adams has come in and added much-needed bite and youth to Jesse Marsch’s midfield and Ounahi could be the perfect foil for him, as he was for fellow tough-tackler Sofyan Amrabat in Qatar.
The fact that Jose Mourinho singled Ounahi out as ‘absolutely incredible’ further adds to his growing reputation and he could help take Leeds up another gear, making them more of a pressing machine than than already are.