Leeds United fans will be fairly familiar with the name Baghdad Bounedjah by now. He is the Algerian striker who scored goals for fun in Qatar throughout 2018 and was soon being linked with a move to Elland Road.
The Algerian international was first linked back in July 2018. The report, from L’Expression, suggested that Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa had previously wanted him at Lille and continued that interest. France Football later backed up that report recently report, suggesting a £4.5 million battle with Marseille was looming.
But it never happened. Bounedjah finished the 2018 calendar year with 58 goals in all competitions and has been in less headline-making but as impressive form this year.
Now, Leeds are once again being linked with the player. As reported by Le Buteur, Leeds and Marseille are again keen and his Qatari side Al Sadd want £13 million for the pleasure.
So surely Leeds fans can simply ignore these rumours?
Bounedjah’s goalscoring record has made him almost mythical but at 27 he would represent a massive gamble at that astonishing price.
Al Sadd also have no reason to not stick to the asking price. Bounedjah signed a new deal with the club in December, keeping him at the club until 2024.
If Leeds United are interested they shouldn’t be, not at that price.