Leeds United are in need of additions in the final third ahead of the January window and with reports claiming second-tier Bari are willing to cash in on Walid Cheddira for just £4.4m – Victor Orta should rival Tottenham for his signature.
Cheddira, 24, was part of Morocco’s World Cup squad in Qatar. He caught the attention of the world when he was sent off after picking up two quick-fire yellow cards during a 1-0 win over Portugal. But his form for Bari has been superb.
Having been on loan at Bari and helped the side gain promotion to Serie B last term. Then, he joined permanently in the summer. Since then, he has been on fire. Indeed, he has scored 14 goals in 15 games – creating five assists for Bari.
Serie B News report that Tottenham are keen on Cheddira. While Nottingham Forest are also keen – as per Gianluca Di Marzio. CM now report that Bari are requesting a bargain fee of just £4.4million for the Morocco World Cup star.
Leeds need additions and Orta should rival Tottenham for Cheddira
Patrick Bamford remains sidelined after undergoing surgery in Munich. Rodrigo has been on fire, but the Spain star’s injury record is hardly ideal. Leeds need to take the burden off of him, with Joe Gelhardt still learning his trade.
Bringing in a cheap addition, one that would be happy to sit on the bench and come in when needed. For less than £5million, Orta would struggle to bring in a striker at just 24 years of age that has the quality of Cheddira in January.
Whether Leeds could convince Cheddira of a move to Elland Road over Spurs – where he would be Harry Kane’s back-up, remains to be seen. But, if he can, Elia Caprile’s Bari teammate Cheddira would be a low-risk cheap option.