A report from HLN has suggested that Leeds United would have been prepared to offer £31.6 million to sign Jonathan David, but the forward had no interest in joining the Whites this summer.
Marcelo Bielsa’s side have been linked with the Canada international for some time. Gent chairman Ivan De Witte told De Zondag last month that Leeds were one of the teams to make an offer for the 20-year-old.
In truth, the more recent reports would have probably left most Leeds fans feeling pessimistic about their chances of landing the youngster.
And Belgian outlet HLN has suggested that Lille remains favourite to sign David with talks restarting between the two parties.
But interestingly, the report has added that Leeds would have bid €35 million (£31.6 million) for David.
However, HLN claims that David is not interested in moving to Elland Road.
TBR View: £31.6m Leeds bid would have caught many off-guard
There are likely to be plenty of Leeds fans who will have their doubts over whether the Whites were willing to offer such an amount of the 18-goal star.
Admittedly, the Championship title-winners would have been very aware that he would not come cheap when they entered the running.
However, the Mail on Sunday (2/7; page 151) reported at the weekend that Bielsa had been given a budget of £45 million for this window.
Even if Bielsa has a fair bit more to spend, that would make paying over £30 million for David much more of a gamble for the Whites.
Of course, Leeds may be ready to make exceptions if the right player emerges on the market. And they could have perhaps felt that David was the ideal target.
But it would be no surprise if some of the supporters were sceptical about the idea of paying such a sum for the forward.