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Bielsa would be wise to splash £13million on Liverpool outcast instead of goal-machine target

The Leeds United fans in the Transfer Tavern are hoping their club can secure the services of a new striker this summer, but recent reports suggest they will have to break the bank to bring a key target to Elland Road. 

The Breakdown

Leeds United’s hunt for a new striker is well underway as Marcelo Bielsa seeks the necessary firepower that will be needed to challenge for promotion next season. With talk of a deal for abel Hernandez beginning to fade into obscurity, it appears that Andre Radrizzani and Bielsa have turned their attention towards alternative targets.

Plenty of names beyond Hernandez have been linked with a Leeds switch, but the most recent reports have taken plenty of supporters by surprise. According to Algerian media outlet L’Expression, Leeds are in the market for Baghdad Bounedjah who currently plays for Al Sadd in the Qatari Stars League.

The most eye-opening detail in the report is that Leeds will need to fork out a whopping £13 million to secure the signature of a player who is unproven outside of Africa and the Middle East.

With a record of 25 goals from 19 appearances in all-competitions last season it’s easy to see why Leeds are entertaining the possibility of a financial gamble, but with plenty of alternative options available to pursue in English football Radrizzani would be wise to invest his money elsewhere.

The intensity of Championship football is one which far exceeds that of football in the Middle East, so it’s almost impossible to predict whether Bounedjah would be able to score goals on a regular basis following a transfer to Leeds.

However, one of Liverpool’s academy products who has become something of an outcast at the club has proven himself in the Championship already and deserves a transfer away from the club this summer so he can kick-start his career, namely Harry Wilson.

The 21-year-old winger thrived during a loan spell with Hull City last season where he netted 7 goals and provided 4 assists from just 13 appearances for the Tigers, but with intense competition for places at Liverpool it’s unlikely he will be able to make a first-team breakthrough next season.

The likes of Rangers and Celtic have both been linked with loan moves for Wilson, but Leeds should place their faith in his ability by completing a permanent deal for his services.

Although he is not a striker, Wilson possesses the ability to inject genuine flair and quality into Leeds’ play in the final-third next season. Considering his progress in English football so far there’s absolutely no doubt he represents a far wiser investment than Bounedjah.

Leeds fans – thoughts? Let us know below!

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