Daily Express journalist Ryan Taylor has reported on Twitter that Leeds United are ‘facing disappointment’ in a move to bring Morocco World Cup star and Angers midfielder Azzedine Ounahi to Yorkshire – despite making a bid to sign him.

Ounahi, 22, has impressed at Ligue 1 side Angers over the last 18 months. Clocking up 47 appearances for the top-tier French club, he earned a starting role for Morocco at the World Cup. One of the breakout stars from Qatar, this year.

French outlet Foot Mercato report that Leeds have made a bid to sign Ounahi. Now, Taylor reports that that offer is worth £17.5m – but Leeds are set to ‘face disappointment’ in their pursuit. An unnamed club have overtaken Leeds.

Napoli, Leicester, PSG and Tottenham have all been touted with a move for Ounahi. Italian outlet La Repubblica say Tottenham have held talks to sign Ounahi. It is unclear which club are set to win the race, but he may be loaned back.

Leeds are facing disappointment in move to sign World Cup star Ounahi

Leeds could do with another midfielder, like Ounahi. Able to play as a no.8, or a no.10, Ounahi can cover a couple of positions. Brenden Aaronson’s form has dipped, while Marc Roca was only fit enough to be an unused sub on Sunday.

Adam Forshaw has undergone another operation. Tyler Adams needed a rest on Sunday after playing every minute for USA in Qatar. So, another body in the middle of the park might be crucial for Leeds. Ounahi would have been ideal.

But it looks as if Ounahi is set to join a different club, not Leeds. But that Leeds are reportedly showing interest in a midfielder is a good sign for Whites fans, that the club are learning from past mistakes and looking to strengthen.

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