Report: Everyone at Leeds was absolutely convinced about signing £34m player this summer, now looking elsewhere
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Report: Everyone at Leeds was absolutely convinced about signing £34m player this summer, now looking elsewhere

Everton at Leeds United were totally convinced by the idea of signing Charles de Ketelaere this summer, according to the Yorkshire Evening Post.

Jesse Marsch has been desperate to add another forward to his squad, with Patrick Bamford the only experienced number nine at his disposal.

Leeds were hoping that the young Belgian was going to be that man after they offered Club Brugge £34.1m, but De Ketelaere eventually chose a move to AC Milan.

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The report from the Yorkshire Evening Post notes that Leeds want to be absolutely sure before preparing to spend such a large sum on another player, which is why their striker hunt is taking some time to conclude.

Leeds are now taking stock of what direction to head in next, with majority owner Andrea Radrizzani in town ahead of important transfer discussions.

Leeds were convinced with De Ketelaere, now considering other options

Competition for Bamford in the Leeds squad is vital going into the season, and despite how promising Joe Gelhardt and Sam Greenwood look, a more senior figure is needed.

Marsch’s side have been weighing up a bid for Rennes forward Martin Terrier, PSG youngster Arnaud Kalimuendo and most recently Maxwel Cornet.

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The bid Leeds entered for De Ketelaere shows there’s plenty of cash available to strengthen the team which will encourage fans, although it might give selling clubs an idea of just how much they can demand from owner Andrea Radrizzani.

Bamford completed his first 90 minutes since last September at the weekend, and should be fine to start the season as Marsch’s main striker.

However, when the fixtures start to pile up, especially with the enforced World Cup break this season, having a strong rotation option will be key for Leeds if they’re going to improve on last season’s 17th-place finish.

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