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Opinion: Andrea Radrizzani’s financial problems will leave Leeds powerless in Baghdad Bounedjah pursuit

Opinion: Andrea Radrizzani’s financial problems will leave Leeds powerless in Baghdad Bounedjah pursuit - Championship

Leeds United staged yet another dramatic late show on Boxing Day to consolidate their position at the top of the Championship table with a 3-2 victory over Blackburn Rovers. 

Kemar Roofe to the rescue. Just three days after Leeds’ top goalscorer volleyed home a left-footed winner at Villa Park, Roofe produced the goods once again by scoring an injury time brace to steal the points at Elland Road.

But even with Roofe’s goal scoring exploits still lighting up memories across Leeds from the average supporter through to Marcelo Bielsa himself there is discussion in the media regarding a potential January bid for a new striker.

Indeed, according to a recent report from Algerian news outlet DZ (via Yorkshire Evening Post), Leeds, Leicester, Lille and Marseille are all interested in Al Saad’s Baghdad Bounedjah – a player who the Whites were linked with in the summer.

The goal-hungry striker has been in electric form so far this season with an incredible return of 26 goals from 13 appearances, but a recent report regarding Andrea Radrizzani’s website, Eleven Sports, suggests they will be in no position to sign the reported €18 million-rated man in January.

According to The Guardian, Eleven Sports is facing closure after the streaming service failed to attract enough subscribers.

While Radrizzani’s struggle to launch the business will not directly affect Leeds’ promotion bid there is reason to suggest that his financial difficulty will limit him in the transfer market.

The Italian businessman has been reluctant to splash extortionate sums of money due to the financial implications of running a Championship club and, if Al Saad value him at €18 million, there is no chance he will be willing to meet that price, especially with the situation of Eleven Sports to take into consideration.

The 19-cap Algeria international has managed to score 78 goals in 57 games for Al Saad, but that record has to be taken with a huge pinch of salt considering the calibre of the opposition in Qatar’s top-flight.

Radrizzani has already forked out for Patrick Bamford this year and, considering Roofe’s exceptional form and Eleven Sports’ dire situation, it seems Leeds are destined to miss out on Bounedjah in January.

Leeds fans – thoughts? Let us know below!


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