Fabrizio Romano has issued an encouraging update on the future of Azzedine Ounahi on Twitter, suggesting that the race for his signature is still open, with Leeds United in the battle.
Leeds are seemingly looking to get all of their business done relatively early in this window. They have already signed Max Wober. And reports from the Daily Mail on Wednesday suggested that they hope to conclude talks to sign Georginio Rutter in a club-record deal today.
Reports from Foot Mercato at the weekend claimed that they had also made a bid for Ounahi. Of course, the Morocco international has recently launched himself onto the world stage. He had an outstanding showing at the World Cup at the end of last year.
Romano says Leeds remain in Ounahi race
In truth, it is hard to believe that the Whites would make a move for Ounahi with Wober already through the door and another £30 million set to be spent on Rutter.
But Romano has issued a slightly more positive update on their pursuit. The Italian was asked for any news on the midfielder. And he suggested that Leeds are one of the teams in the open race for his signature…
Leeds, Napoli… still open — not PSG
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) January 11, 2023
What a window it would be if Leeds signed three first-team players. The board have – rightly – come in for criticism during their time at the helm. Just because they have not made mistakes to the same degree as the previous custodians does not mean that they should not be scrutinised.
But their critics will have to hold their hands up and praise them if Ounahi and Rutter follow Wober.
However, to borrow a phrase from Tottenham, that wouldn’t be very Leeds-sy if all three deals went through, would it?