Leeds have tonight been linked with Baghdad Bounedjah, and Algerian striker based in Qatar with a wonderful goal scoring record. The Algerian international has bagged 42 goals in 37 games for the club and has been linked with Lille in the French Ligue 1.
[Info @DZfoot] Baghdad Bounedjah disposerait d’une offre de la part de @LUFC club entraîné par Marcelo Bielsa. Contacts avancés entre les parties pour un transfert définitif, le joueur aurait décidé de prendre un temps de réflexion. #MercatoDZ @LesVerts pic.twitter.com/Ms8PvELko8
— Kendouciste (@MohamedBrahdji) July 2, 2018
The news has found its way onto social media but other reports are that he favours a move to a top league and that could well mean Lille are in the pipeline for a striker who keeps Islam Slimani, £18 million Leicester City striker out of the Algeria national side.
Bounedjah is a serial goal-scorer and despite the leagues not being big he is clearly attracting interest, the report says Bielsa is keen on the player. The fact that Lille are interested in taking the player to the top French league shows that he’s catching the eye far and wide and according to these links Leeds have an offer on the table.
He plays alongside a player who everyone knows, ex Spain and Barcelona captain Xavi. Leeds are currently looking for options in the final third and are slowly edging closer to a deal for Derby striker Matej Vydra. There is also interest in Abel Hernandez but the wages demanded seem to be a lot more than what Leeds are willing to pay.
The interest in the Algeria international does make sense in terms of positional sense. Vydra isn’t a number 9 but also not really a number 10. He’s more commonly described as a false 9 but Leeds don’t have an out-and-out striker.
Caleb Ekuban seems to be out of the plans and Marcus Antonsson is on his way somewhere, the most likely destination Brescia and ex-Leeds owner Massimo Cellino. Tyler Roberts is currently injured and hasn’t kicked a ball for the club and last seasons top scorer Kemar Roofe is the only striker training with the first-team.