Fabrizio Romano says French side Lille have opened talks for Gent striker Gift Orban ahead of the summer window amid reports that Leeds United are also admirers of the Nigerian – with Orban’s goalscoring record incredible.
Orban, 20, was loaned to Norwegian side Stabaek for the second half of last season and a move was instantly made permanent. He starred, scoring 19 goals in 24 games. Belgian side Gent made their move. Buying him in January.
Since his move to Gent in January, the striker has netted a huge 20 goals in 20 games. Many will suggest that his form has only come in the lower standard of Belgian football – but he has impressed in the Conference League, too.
Indeed, five goals in six Conference League games – before West Ham knocked Gent out. Recently, CBS Sports reporter Ben Jacobs said Leeds were interested. Romano has previously said that Orban is available for £17.5million.
Now, Romano has delivered a new update on Orban. He says that Ligue 1 side Lille have opened talks to sign Orban as a possible replacement for Canada striker Jonathan David – who is likely to leave the club in the coming months.
Romano says Lille have opened talks for Orban amid Leeds reports
Any chance Leeds have of signing Orban would be dependant on remaining in the Premier League and heading into the final round of fixtures, Leeds look as though they will be relegated. But in the event of survival, Orban is a target.
Rodrigo could leave whether Leeds are in the Championship or in the Premier League, given his deal ends in June 2024. Patrick Bamford is no longer the striker he once was. If Leeds stay up, Orban would be a wonderful addition.
But, Lille look to have stolen a march on any of their rivals to sign Orban. With two Ligue 1 games left, Lille look more than likely to qualify for Europe – and have a chance of Europa League football, over Conference League qualifiers.