Leeds United have been linked with a host of names in recent weeks as they prepare for the new Championship campaign. With Marcelo Bielsa as their new manager, director of football Victor Orta has a job on his hands providing a promotion fighting squad.
One area that needs improvement is up front. Leeds struggled for goals in the striker department last season. Pierre Michel-Lasogga’s loan deal has come to an end and the club have still not replaced Chris Wood.
Well-known names such as Matej Vydra and Abel Hernandez have been mentioned, but not many Leeds fans will have heard of Baghdad Bounedjah before this summer.
The Al Sadd striker has been in fine form in Qatar. The Algerian scored an exceptional 25 goals in 19 games last season, which has rightly caught the eye of European clubs.
Leeds have been rumoured as one team ready to bring him to Europe. But a report from Algeria today, suggesting the price-tag Al Sadd have placed on their star man, should end that. L’Expression are suggesting that the cash-rich Qatari side want €15 million (£13.25 million) for the attacker in order to let him go this summer.
At that price Leeds need to move on. Bounedjah may be a goalscorer in the Gulf State and previously in North Africa but the standard in the Championship is a different level.
It could be he would shine at Elland Road, but at that fee, Leeds must not take such a risk. Considering they are set to pay £11 million for Vydra, who was the Championship’s top-scorer last season and a previous player of the year in the second tier, the price-tag for Bounedjah is too high.