Italian outlet CalcioMercato.it report that Angers midfielder Azzedine Ounahi wants to join Serie A league leaders Napoli over Leeds United or Leicester City – despite the Whites leading the race to sign the Morocco international.
Ounahi, 22, was one of the breakout stars of the World Cup and interest has subsequently arrived in the midfielder. Leicester were linked first, while Napoli have always been in the picture. But now, Leeds are said to be leading the way.
Il Mattino reports that Leeds have tabled a £22million offer to sign Ounahi. That is more than Napoli are currently offering Angers. However, there is an obstacle that Leeds are going to have to overcome – it is in the form of Napoli.
With the Italian outfit currently top of the Serie A table, strengthened by a stunning 5-1 win over Juventus on the weekend, Ounahi wants to join Napoli. The report says he has let his agents know Napoli is his preference, over Leeds.
Ounahi wants to join Napoli despite Leeds leading the race
Leeds have addressed issues at left-back and up front this month. The club needed to sort their lack of quality, proven options on the left of defence and have done in Wober. Up top, Patrick Bamford’s injuries meant Leeds needed a no.9.
What they have in club-record signing Rutter, is a player that is a striker – but can also play out wide. Willy Gnonto, or Luis Sinisterra, are wingers that can do a job up top. A bit like Dan James. But Rutter is naturally a striker, a no.9.
The next priority has got to be bringing in a midfielder. One would argue that the club need cover for Tyler Adams, a more defensive-minded midfielder. But, a no.8 to rival Marc Roca might also be an area in need of improvement.