Dean Jones has told Give Me Sport that Leeds United will look to push through a move to sign Club Brugge star Noa Lang “soon” in order to avoid losing out like they have done with his Netherlands World Cup teammate Cody Gakpo.
Lang has been immense ever since leaving Ajax to join Brugge. Initially on loan in 2020-21, then signing permanently in 2021. The 23-year-old has gone on to have a hand in 59 goals during 103 games, winning two Belgian League titles.
Starring alongside Charles De Ketelaere, Lang has been linked with Leeds in the past. Clearly, Victor Orta likes what he sees at Brugge- with Belgium star De Ketelaere moving to AC Milan in the summer. Lang remains at Brugge.
The winger will be looking to make it four league titles in a row, having won the Eredivisie with Ajax the summer before joining Brugge. But it might be that he pushes that aside to chance his arm at Elland Road, with Jesse Marsch’s Leeds.
Transfer insider Jones says he expects Leeds to push on with a move for the six-time Netherlands man. That is, after failing to get a deal for Gakpo done and now having to watch Europe’s biggest clubs overpower their bid to sign him.
He said: “They want to avoid disappointment of suffering on someone like Gakpo. The same thing will happen with Lang. He’s got massive potential and is already doing really well. So I would expect them to push on with that soon.”
Leeds will look to push through move to sign Lang soon
Do Leeds need Lang? Look, there is no doubting the winger’s ability. A player that can score and create out of nothing. Flair, tenacity, aggression, goals, assists, skill – he has it all. All of the characteristics you would expect from a winger.
But Willy Gnonto is impressing, Crysencio Summerville is on fire, Luis Sinisterra is expected to be fit for Manchester City and Jack Harrison is a major part of the furniture. So, Leeds have four wingers – do we need another one?
Well, it might be that Orta sees Lang as an improvement on the current option. He would be right to think that. Lang’s agent Bart Baving said in 2021, as quoted in Calciomercato: “I’ve heard a lot of people say he looks like Neymar.”