Italian outlet CMW claim that Napoli have bid a huge fee of £26.5million to lure Morocco World Cup star and Angers midfielder Azzedine Ounahi to the Serie A leaders this month – outbidding Leeds United’s recent offer by £9million.

Ounahi, 22, starred for Morocco at the World Cup after impressing in his 18 months in Ligue 1 with Angers. But it was his form in Qatar that has attracted the interest of numerous European clubs. Leicester, Tottenham, PSG all linked.

Napoli, too. Indeed, the report claims that Napoli are keen to maintain their impressive start to the 2022-23 season in Serie A. Only losing their first game of the season last week to Inter Milan, they have now tabled a fee of £26.5million.

French outlet Foot Mercato recently reported that Leeds had themselves, put an offer on the table for Ounahi. A fee of £17.5million. But, with Napoli willing to pay almost £10million more than Leeds, it looks likely that Napoli will get him.

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Italian report: Napoli outbid Leeds United’s Ounahi offer by £9million

Ounahi is a player Leeds could really have done with, this month. Adam Forshaw’s injury issues continue with the ex-Boro star undergoing another operation. His contract is due to end in the summer. Marc Roca’s form is below par.

Darko Gyabi is seen as a future player for Leeds after his £5million move from Manchester City. But he was poor in the 2-2 draw against Cardiff and there is a lot of room for improvement. Leeds could do with another central midfielder.

Ounahi would be a superb bit of business. But, ultimately, his form was always going to attract bigger clubs. There are none in as form as good as Napoli, right now. It is likely that Ounahi will return to Angers on loan until the summer.

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