Leeds United have been handed a boost in their reported pursuit of Eberechi Eze with Mark Warburton keeping the door firmly open on potential outgoings, in conversation with West London Sport.
The QPR winger has progressed massively over the past few years, culminating in an impressive 2019-20 season during which he claimed 14 goals and eight assists in 46 Championship games.
The Sun reports that Leeds plan to make a bid for Eze, having apparently told QPR at the start of the year that they would make an offer for the £20million-rated ace if they got promoted.
Marcelo Bielsa has reportedly identified the England Under-21 international as the “creative spark” that his team will need next season.
The outlet also notes that a host of Premier League sides also want Eze, but it is suggested that the Elland Road side will look to outbid all of them.
With QPR having finished 13th in the Championship table, another season in the second tier awaits, and with Eze looking destined for the big time, Warburton acknowledges that there may be some departures.
“He’s a very special player,” Warburton told West London Sport when discussing Eze.
“He’s worked so hard and for a young guy to deal with the headlines as he has – it’s very easy to distract a young player – I’m delighted for him and the manner he’s dealt with some of the pressures.”
Moving onto general transfer talk, he added: “Whatever happens happens. But if any player leaves QPR – and this is the key point – they leave on QPR’s terms. That’s what people have to realise.
“Every player in the world has got a price, whoever they are. If that valuation is met then everyone should win. I hope very much that everyone returns in 20 days’ time. But if we lose one or two it’s on QPR’s terms, that’s for sure.”
Eze is a cut above in the Championship and surely it’s a matter of time before a Premier League club snaps him up.
QPR director of football Les Ferdinand told the Beautiful Game podcast earlier this year: “When I see some of the things he does on the football, and how comfortable he is on the football, I put him up there with one of the best I’ve seen.”
Meanwhile, former QPR assistant manager Marc Bircham told Sky Sports last year: “He goes past players easier than Raheem Sterling did. Sterling would beat players with pace or do a trick or a chop – it’s all dynamic movements, but Ebere Eze just glides past players.”
With the likes of Tottenham and West Ham being linked with Eze’s services, it won’t be easy for Leeds, but hopefully the draw of helping a sleeping giant reawaken, not to mention playing for the most passionate fans in the country under arguably the most esteemed coach in football today, could help sway him towards Elland Road.