Leeds United’s chances of signing Jonathan David appear slim, with reports suggesting the Canadian international has his heart set on a move to Lille this summer.
Leeds United were thrust into the transfer race for the Gent star when the Belgian club’s chairman Ivan De Witte told De Zondag that the Whites had made the better offer for the 20-year-old this summer, as opposed to Lille.
“The contacts were stopped this week, but other clubs are still interested,” De Witte stated this week regarding Lille’s interest. “With much better proposals even. Including Leeds.”
However, despite these reports, The Telegraph is claiming that Lille remain the striker’s number one choice this summer.
The forward, who scored 23 goals in 40 games for Gent this season, wants to join Lille as it means he would not need to relocate but would still go up a level of class. The interest of Leeds has ‘not swayed’ David’s judgement, according to the report, despite his desire to one day play in the Premier League.
A major issue in negotiations has been the Belgian club’s asking price. However, with Victor Osimhen all set to join Napoli, Lille will soon have the money available to meet the apparent £27.3 million asking price on the table.
Leeds United are on the hunt for a back-up striker to Patrick Bamford and David would have been the perfect option. However, it now seems as though the Whites will need to look elsewhere this summer.