Leeds United’s hopes of signing Michael Frey from Fenerbahce have seemingly been handed a boost, after Turkish outlet Sporx reported that Rizespor have failed in their attempts to sign the striker.
It was reported earlier in the summer by another Turkish publication, Fotomac, that both Leeds and the Turkish Super Lig side were interested in signing the striker, who only joined Fenerbahce from FC Zurich in his native Switzerland last summer.
The latest reports however now seem to suggest that Rizespor are out of the race to sign Frey, after failing to agree a fee for a potential loan move for the striker, meaning the door could be open for Leeds to make their move for Frey.
Since making the move to Turkey, Frey has scored just five goals in 22 appearances in all competitions for Fenerbahce, who finished sixth in the Turkish top flight last season.
There are still three years remaining on Frey’s contract with Fenerbahce, meaning the Turkish club are in a strong position to negotiate any potential offers for the 25-year-old.
This feels like an opportunity worth considering for Leeds.
Strikers don’t seem to have been much of a priority for the Yorkshire club in the summer transfer window, with none coming in, although adding some fresh options upfront doesn’t seem like too bad an idea for Leeds.
With injuries to Kemar Roofe seemingly leaving Marcelo Bielsa’s side wanting in attacking options at times last season, and arguably contributing to them missing out on automatic promotion as a result, bringing in an alternative should those injuries resurface – or Roofe moves on this summer – could be a sensible move.
In Frey they appear to have a target who is available, and who may be tempted to make the move to Elland Road having failed to really settle in at Fenerbahce, and making their move while that still remains the case could be something worth thinking about for the club.