Turkish outlet Ajansspor have claimed that Besiktas striker Cyle Larin will not be making a permanent move to Zulte Waregem, but also say the Canadian ace does not want to stay in Turkey – handing Leeds United a double transfer boost.
Larin, 24, joined Besiktas in January 2018 after scoring 44 goals in 89 games for the MLS side. He failed to reach the standard required by Besiktas after they had sold Cenk Tosun to Everton, netting just eight goals in 26 games.
That saw him move to Belgian side Zulte Waregem last summer on a loan-to-buy deal. He has since had a hand in 20 goals during his 33 outings, scoring nine and creating 11. Now, his future is up in the air.
The report claims Zulte will be unable to activate their permanent clause to sign Larin due to the Covid-19 epidemic, meaning Larin will return to Besiktas – but the Canada international does not want to stay there.
Leeds remain keen, and Turkish outlet Milliyet have recently suggested that the Championship promotion contenders are willing to spend £5million to lure Larin to England this summer.
TBR’s view – Larin is the perfect Bielsa-type striker
Bielsa has proved in his two seasons at Elland Road that he prefers a striker that can not only score goals, but contribute to play and bring others into the game around him in the final third.
The Argentine gaffer has proved that with his trust and faith in Patrick Bamford. Looking at Larin’s stats, he is simply an improvement on the same type of striker – given that he has scored nine goals, but has even more assists.
The double boost – Zulte not signing Larin, and Larin keen to leave Besiktas – will be music to Bielsa’s ears. If Besiktas are willing to sell Larin for the £5million Leeds are reportedly willing to pay, then he would be a solid signing.