Italian newspaper La Nazione claim Leeds United have made enquiries to sign two players from Serie A outfit Fiorentina in the form of striker Christian Kouame and Chilean midfielder Erick Pulgar, ahead of the January transfer window.
Leeds could be in the market over the course of the next few weeks, with the Whites lacking in options at centre-back, in need of a left-sided defender and a permanent partner for Mateusz Klich in midfield. Rodrigo De Paul continues to be linked.
However, Fiorentina could be the source of two signings. It is claimed that Marcelo Bielsa has approved enquiries for 23-year-old Kouame and 24-time Chile ace Pulgar – the latter of whom was linked with Leeds in the summer, as per La Nazione.
Kouame, who has three caps for the Ivory Coast, has scored just two goals in 22 outings for Fiorentina – though 13 have been from the bench and he has completed 90 minutes just once. The Sun claim Palace are also keen on the £20million-rated man.
Pulgar starred for La Viola last season. From the base of Fiorentina’s midfield, he had a hand in 15 goals during 41 appearances and given that Bielsa previously managed Chile, the Leeds boss will certainly know all about the midfield star.
TBR’s view – Do Leeds need Pulgar and Kouame?
Certainly, Leeds do not desperately need a striker. Having spent the best part of £100million in the summer, Leeds are expected to work on a limited budget in January and a striker is hardly crucial. Even if they did need a striker, Kouame is not the answer.
Struggling to get a game at Fiorentina and with only two in 22, Kouame is not needed by Leeds. But Pulgar is very much at the other end of the spectrum. A midfielder is needed, and Pulgar fits the ball in that he can partner Klich, and cover Kalvin Phillips.
Goals, assists, stamina, aggression, tenacity and plenty more traits Pulgar possesses fit the Leeds style under Bielsa. He would be an ideal signing and should be brought to Elland Road at all costs. Pulgar yes, Kouame no.