Leeds United are reportedly interested in signing Al-Sadd goal machine Baghdad Bounedjah and are monitoring his situation at Xavi’s Qatar Stars League side – but they must be patient before they pounce.
French outlet Le Buteur have claimed that Leeds, as well as two of Marcelo Bielsa’s former sides in French clubs Lille and Marseille are interested in the Algeria international, who has scored seven goals in six games for Xavi’s men this season.
Leeds have been loosely linked by foreign media for quite some time with Bounedjah, but reliable outlet Le Buteur claims they are monitoring the striker ahead of a possible move. It is believed Al-Sadd want as much as £13million.
Unsurprising, given his outrageous goalscoring form in the middle east. Since joining Al-Sadd, Bounedjah has scored a whopping 101 goals in just 83 league and cup appearances. He also has 14 goals in 33 international outings.
But if Leeds are to bag the 27-year-old hitman, they must be patient in their pursuit. Owner Andrea Radrizzani does not have the kind of money to splash £13million on Bounedjah right now – especially with the wages as well.
Financial Fairplay forced Leeds into selling Pontus Jansson to Brentford in the summer, while the club have decided to sign Helder Costa from Wolves on loan initially – before making completing an obligatory £15million move next summer.
But if the club gain promotion to the Premier League, a bigger Financial Fairplay scope and much more income in terms of TV money will give Leeds a whole lot more spending power. Aston Villa spent north of £100million after promotion.
Only then, should Leeds look to splash £13million on Bounedjah. If they table such an offer beforehand, it is a risk from Radrizzani and places the club’s finances into doubt – Peter Ridsdale style.