Transfer expert Dean Jones has told Give Me Sport that Leeds United could find they have an advantage over Serie A leaders Napoli in the race to sign Azzedine Ounahi – because the World Cup star wants to move to the Premier League.

Ounahi, 22, has thrown himself onto the radar of bigger clubs after starring in the World Cup with Morocco. He played a crucial part in his nation’s campaign, reaching the semi-finals and eventually losing to France. Ounahi was superb.

The front runners to get Ounahi are Leeds, Napoli and Leicester. 90Min reported this week that Leeds have actually outbid Napoli and Leicester to get Ounahi, tabling an offer worth £22.2million. He has a contract until June 2026.

It remains to be seen if Leeds are truthfully willing to spend such a fee. It comes after already splashing out on duo Max Wober and Georginio Rutter. Transfer fees for both could exceed £50million, if all potential add-ons are met.

But, Phil Hay suggests Leeds have structured a club-record deal for French talent Rutter in order to keep some cash in reserve for a signing like Ounahi. Now, Jones has given Leeds a boost – claiming Ounahi wants to move to England.

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“The player is believed to be keen on the idea of coming to the Premier League, but there’s interest here from Italy and the team in question is Napoli who are absolutely flying at the top of Serie A. That is tough competition for Leeds.”

Jones: Leeds advantage as Ounahi wants Premier League move

Leeds have midfield options. Tyler Adams is easily first choice with Jesse Marsch preferring a 4-2-3-1 system. Marc Roca has been in his midfield partner. But the Spaniard’s form has been questionable. Adam Forshaw is injured again.

Archie Gray is close to a return to action but is still a rookie. Darko Gyabi is a talent but struggled against Cardiff City. Sam Greenwood is more of a 10, but has been asked to play deep. So, Leeds need a midfielder, after Mateusz Klich left.

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