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Report: Leeds interested in AZ Almkaar captain Teun Koopmeiners

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Report: Leeds interested in AZ Almkaar captain Teun Koopmeiners

Leeds United are reportedly interested in left-footed midfielder Teun Koopmeiners from Dutch top-flight club AZ Almkaar.

According to the Telegraph, Marcelo Bielsa’s side are now looking at the 22-year-old as a possible target in this summer transfer window and would like to try bring him to Elland Road.

It is claimed that the Whites manager still wants to strengthen in the centre of the park and the AZ captain is viewed as somebody that could provide competition for Mateusz Klich.

The report explains that the Eredivise side would expect his transfer to cost over £10million if he was to exit.

Koopmeiners is a highly-rated player that has been pivotal in the AZ side in recent seasons and at a young age shows immense leadership qualities already, as well as being quality on the ball and defensively switched on.

 

He is a versatile player that is a defensive midfielder by trade, but has shown he can drop into a centre-back position too and he’s extremely confident in possession.

The Dutch youngster scored 16 goals across all competitions last season for his club, with 14 of them coming from the penalty spot and a further two from direct free-kicks.

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TBR’s View:

With Kalvin Phillips locked in as Leeds’ deep-lying playmaker, it may prove difficult convincing Koopmeiners that a move to Yorkshire is a sensible move for him at this stage in his career and it’s whether he can see himself pushing a little further up the pitch.

He’s certainly got the technical attributes to do so and aged 22 is still miles away from his peak, which is why it’s an exciting prospect him learning and improving under the tutelage of Bielsa.

Leeds are making some quality additions though during this window and it’s clear that there is a real pulling power despite only just returning to the Premier League.

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