Turkish outlet Sporx have claimed that Caykur Rizespor have failed in their bid to sign Michael Frey from Fenerbahce this summer, which could prove a boost for Leeds United.
Frey, 25, joined Fenerbahce last summer but he struggled in his first season in Turkish football – as did Fener. He managed just five goals in 22 games, and plummeted down the pecking order towards the end of the season.
But the latest report from Sporx now claim that Caykur Rizespor were taking Frey on loan, but a deal has been pushed to the back burners as the SuperLig side failed to agree on a loan fee with Fenerbahce for the striker.
It leaves Leeds as the only side interested in signing Frey, with Caykur unwilling to meet Fener’s terms on loan or as part of a permanent deal.
TBR’s view – Leeds have got to sign Frey
He could be the difference. Kemar Roofe and Patrick Bamford both showed in glimpses that they were more than capable of scoring goals, but both suffered injury after injury.
Leeds need another option to prevent the side going without an out-and-out goalscorer, while the presence of Frey could also push Roofe into central midfield and allow him to use his creativity as well as his eye for goals.
At £3.6million, Frey is a bargain and would certainly add power and more of a physical presence in the final third. He could give Marcelo Bielsa’s an added tool in the hunt for promotion.