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Report reveals how much Leeds United are willing to pay for 24-y/o

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Leeds United are willing to spend £5million on Besiktas striker Cyle Larin when the transfer window reopens in the summer, a report from Turkish outlet Milliyet has claimed.

Earlier this month, it was claimed that the Championship promotion-chasers are eyeing up a deal for the striker, and it seems as though the details behind those plans are now starting to emerge.

According to the latest reports, the Elland Road club will offer £5million to the Turkish giants for the signing of the 24-year-old, as they look to beat off interest from Belgian side Zulte-Waregem, where Larin is currently on loan.

So far this season, the Canadian international has nine goals in 31 appearances in all competitions for Waregem, who are said to have the option of making that move permanent for a fee of £2.5million, something Leeds will be looking to outbid.

Prior to his move to Belgium last summer, Larin had scored a total of eight goals in 26 appearances in all competitions for Besiktas, having joined the Turkish club Orlando City in January 2018.

There are currently two-and-a-half years remaining on Larin’s contract with Besiktas, securing his future in Istanbul until the end of the 2021/22 season.

This is not the first time that Leeds have been linked with a move for Larin, with the Elland Road club also credited with an interest in the striker during the 2018 January transfer window, when Larin would ultimately make that move to Besiktas.

The Verdict

I think this is probably a smart approach for Leeds to take.

The first thing they are going to need to do to complete this signing is come up with a fee that can trump that lined up by Zulte-Waregem, and by doubling the Belgium side’s option to buy clause, it looks like they will be able to do that.

However, while that fee could be enough to hold off Waregem, it is not an amount that you would expect to break the bank for Leeds, meaning they should still have funds left to strengthen others areas of their squad even if this deal is completed.

Indeed, with Larin’s record respectable rather than prolific in recent years, Leeds will not want to be paying over the odds here, meaning this sort of fee ought to reduce the financial risk of the deal.


UCLan Sports Journalism graduate, been writing for Football League World since March 2019. I've previously worked for the likes of Blackburn Rovers and Opta, among others.

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