Leeds United have suffered a potential blow with the news that Crystal Palace are set to sign rumoured Whites target Michael Olise from Reading.
The Lowdown: Olise impresses for Reading
Olise caught the eye for the Royals last season, starting 37 of their 46 league games and appearing in 44 of them overall.
Not only that, but the 19-year-old registered 12 assists in the league, with only Norwich City’s Emiliano Buendia (16) recording a better tally.
Leeds have been linked with a summer move for Olise, but it looks as though they are set to miss out on the signing of the midfielder.
The Latest: Palace set to sign youngster
According to a recruitment source at Football Insider, the Frenchman will join Palace instead, after the Eagles triggered his £8million release clause.
Olise is expected to become Patrick Vieira’s first signing since taking charge at Selhurst Park, with Leeds having to look other targets.
The report details that Marcelo Bielsa’s side were ‘closely trailing’ Olise and were even the favourites to sign him at one point.
The Verdict: Was he a primary target?
While Olise is undoubtedly a talented young player, it does appear as though Leeds’ interest had cooled in recent times, so it shouldn’t be too much of a setback so long as they have other targets in mind.
It would have been no bad thing to snap up the midfielder given his impressive creative spark and potential, but Bielsa may believe a more established name is needed in the middle of the park as the Whites look to really push on and challenge higher up the table next season.
Leeds may have European aspirations next season and Olise is unlikely to have been a key starter for the Whites, given the heights they have reached recently, so perhaps a more experienced alternative will now be on the agenda.
In other news, Leeds could also miss out on the signing of another player. Find out who it is here.
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