Leeds United are reportedly ‘in position’ to sign versatile Nantes winger Moses Simon this summer but face stiff competition from Newcastle United.
The Lowdown: Simon a key man for Nantes
The Nigerian is enjoying a productive season for the Ligue 1 outfit, registering an impressive seven assists in the league, as well as chipping in with three goals for good measure.
Simon also bagged a goal and assist apiece for Nigeria at the Africa Cup of Nations, averaging an incredible 4.3 dribbles per game in the competition.
While the 26-year-old’s current Nantes deal doesn’t expire until the summer of 2024, it could be that he feels a fresh challenge is required this summer as he enters his prime.
The Latest: Leeds still eyeing up move
The Magpies see him as someone who can take the pressure off Allan Saint-Maximin, adding more creativity to Eddie Howe’s side.
The Verdict: Tough to compete with Newcastle
Simon could be a superb signing by Leeds – Mauricio Pochettinho admitted his Paris Saint-Germain side couldn’t handle him last month – given his aforementioned end product and the fact that he can thrive on either wing or even in a central role.
He is predominantly left-sided, too, so if Raphinha stays put this summer, it could give the Whites a genuinely top-quality wide option on both flanks.
This could all depend on whether or not Leeds avoid relegation to the Championship, though, while Newcastle’s newfound wealth arguably puts them in a stronger position, in terms of offering bigger wages.
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