Leeds United are hopeful that they are closing in on signing Gyrano Kerk, with the Sunday Mirror (27/9; page 74) reporting that his other admirers are unwilling to match the Whites’ offer.
The Sunday Mirror reports that Leeds are close to agreeing a £10 million deal with Utrecht for Kerk. And it is suggested that they hope to unveil the attacking midfielder this coming week.
The report notes that they have received a further boost in their pursuit of the 24-year-old. According to the Sunday Mirror (27/9; page 74), both Verona and Cagliari are unwilling to pay more than £9 million for the Dutchman.
It looks set to be a shrewd piece of business for the Whites if they can complete a move for Kerk.
As noted by the Mirror, he is the fastest player in the Eredivisie. And he scored 11 goals and contributed 12 assists in all competitions last season.
He is also capable of playing anywhere across the forward line, including up front. So it would appear that he would be able to provide cover for the likes of Patrick Bamford and Rodrigo Moreno.
Of course, Leeds fans may be refusing to get carried away until a move is confirmed. But the signs certainly appear to be positive.
And if they do sign Kerk, they will be hoping that they are the ones vindicated for meeting his asking price rather than the Serie A pair who have seemingly left the path clear for Leeds.