Leeds United have joined Nottingham Forest, Marseille and Monaco in the race to sign Salernitana star Lassana Coulibaly and have made an enquiry – a player Steven Gerrard described as a “machine”, and loves a tackle.

Coulibaly, 26, is currently impressing in Serie A with Salernitana after joining the top-tier Italian outfit from Angers in the summer of 2021. He has since clocked up 53 times in the space of 18 months, attracting interest from Europe.

SportItalia report that Leeds and Forest have made enquiries to land him – but Salernitana have ‘returned’ those approaches to the ‘sender’. They are keen to keep him and have a contract in place with Coulibaly until June 2026.

But, The Sun report that a fee of £8.5million could be enough to do the job. Of course, Rangers fans will know the Mali international well – having played 31 times for Rangers during the 2018-19 season under Steven Gerrard.

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Speaking in his first summer at the club, Gerrard hailed midfielder Coulibaly – as per Scottish outlet STV: “Lassana is a machine, he’s exactly what this football club needed in terms of that enforcer in the middle of the park.

“He enjoys getting after people, biting into tackles and doing the ugly side of the game. He loves it and is only going to get better, there is more to come,” Gerrard said, when discussing Coulibaly after a Rangers win over Maribor.

Leeds join Coulibaly race: Gerrard described player as a machine

Leeds have solved their left-back and striker issues this month – with the signings of Max Wober and Georginio Rutter. The next priority is bringing in a back-up option for Tyler Adams in the middle of the park. Leeds lack cover.

Adam Forshaw continues to struggle with injury issues. Marc Roca is struggling for form, and is often the one to go alongside Adams. Even when all are fit, Leeds do not have another nasty, gritty holding midfielder like the American.

Coulibaly is just that and as Gerrard says, loves the ugly side of the game – like Adams. A bargain at £8.5million if it is true that Salernitana are willing to business for a fee in that region. But, the Italians are keen to keep him.

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