Leeds United have been linked with a move for Argentine striker Ezequiel Ponce this week. ClubCall reports that the West Yorkshire had scouts checking out his development for loan club AEK Athens ahead of a potential January swoop.
Of course, a deal makes sense. Ponce is highly thought of by Marcelo Bielsa. He came through at the club the Leeds boss considers home, Newell’s Old Boys. He was signed by Bielsa last August, arriving at Lille from AS Roma on loan. So there is history and reason to believe that Leeds will be making a move.
However, the staggering cost of a deal will surely make a move unlikely this winter.
Ponce, who has scored five goals in eight games for the Greek capital side, is not just considered a short-term option for the Yellow-Blacks.
AEK have designs on signing Ponce permanently.
In fact, as reported by Tech2 in Greece, AEK have a €6 million (£5.25 million) fee agreed to purchase the player in the summer. That fee would need to be at least matched for Leeds to get him, with a premium likely to cancel his current loan deal at AEK if wanted in January.
The report also suggested that the Greek side were paying half of his salary, which amounts to €23,000 (£20,000) every week. It means Leeds would have to pay around £6 million and £40,000-a-week for the player if they wanted him permanently.
Considering Leeds have Patrick Bamford and Izzy Brown nearing a return to fitness and young talent like Ryan Edmondson waiting for a chance, it would seem an expensive outlay more likely if Leeds win promotion.
So do not expect to see Ponce arriving in January.