Last summer, Leeds United were strongly linked with a move for Cyle Larin. The Canada international had just enjoyed a sparkling spell in Belgium on loan, but he looked unlikely to return to Besiktas and have an impact.
Larin, 25, joined Besiktas in January 2018 from MLS side Orlando but after just 26 appearances and eight goals in his first 18 months – he was loaned to Belgian side Zulte Waregem. But he starred for Waregem.
Indeed, it caught the eye of Leeds. Having a hand in 20 goals during his 33 games from out wide saw Leeds come calling. Haberler reported in April 2020 that with Waregem unable to sign him permanently, Leeds were keen.
However, Besiktas chose to hand the Canada international another a chance – ruining Victor Orta’s chances of nabbing the versatile forward following promotion to the Premier League. Since then, he has been on fire.
In his 30 appearances for Besiktas this season, he has netted more than one goal every two games – finding the back of the net 16 times, despite only starting 23 of those games, and completing 90 minutes on just 14 occasions.
Now, the latest report from Sabah claims Premier League interest in Larin is back – but not from Leeds. This time, it is from West Ham and West Brom – who have been told that it will cost clubs £13million to sign Larin.
West Ham need to bring in cover for Michail Antonio, having failed to replace Sebastian Haller in the January window. A move to West Brom hinges on whether they can stay in the Premier League – currently unlikely.
But Leeds need to rectify their mistake. The Whites also need a striker to compete with Patrick Bamford – as Tyler Roberts and Rodrigo continue to be used in midfield. Surely, Larin remains a very good option?
Though £13million is a lot more than Leeds were told to spend to sign the Canadian attacker last summer, it is still very good value for an international forward that can play in numerous positions – and has scored 16 in 30.
Leeds have got to rival West Ham and potentially, Sam Allardyce, for Larin’s signature.