Leeds United have been linked with a move for Besiktas striker Cyle Larin who remains on loan with Belgian side Zulte Waregem – and Turkish newspaper Takvim have now claimed an arrangement could be met that benefits all sides involved.
Milliyet suggested earlier this month that Leeds were looking to outbid Zulte Waregem for 24-year-old Larin – but were still unlikely to beat Zulte. Larin’s loan side have the option to make his loan permanent for just £2.1million.
The previous report claimed that Leeds were looking to rival Zulte and were prepared to pay double that – around £4.2million. But given the permanent clause, it looked as though Zulte would win the race. However, a compromise has been found.
Takvim claim Zulte will exercise their permanent clause, meaning Besiktas receive a fee. But Zulte are willing to cash in on Larin, by selling him immediately after activating the clause to Leeds for £4.2million.
TBR’s view – Is Larin a good signing?
Despite only scoring nine goals in his 31 appearances this season, it is perhaps Larin’s contrbution to play that has caught they eye of Victor Orta. Indeed, Larin has provided more assists than goals this season, creating 11 strikes.
Marcelo Bielsa is known for preferring Patrick Bamford despite competition from Eddie Nketiah and Jean-Kevin Augustin this season. That is because Bamford’s ability to contribute to Leeds play in the final third is crucial.
Having a player that can do that, rather than one that is just looking to score goals, is clearly more important to Bielsa. Larin’s ability to find the back of the net, but also create a goal from nothing, could be worth the £4.2million figure.