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Report: Leeds really like 21-year-old Roca alternative who fancies move, he's 'very similar' to Phillips

Leeds United haven’t wasted any time in bolstering their ranks this summer.

The Whites have already snapped up Brenden Aaronson and Rasmus Kristensen.

In addition, Leeds are reportedly closing in on a move for Bayern Munich’s Marc Roca.

However, there is another midfielder Jesse Marsch and Victor Orta are reportedly monitoring.

That player is Nicolas Raskin, who plays for Standard Liege and the Belgium Under-21 side.

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According to La Derniere Heure – via Sport Witness – Leeds are ‘following’ the 21-year-old closely.

The Belgian outlet claims Raskin ‘could leave in the next few weeks’ amid the interest in him.

Leeds were initially linked with the player in April and are apparently still in pursuit.

Raskin’s contract expires next summer and he’s yet to sign an extension.

This means Standard will now have to cash in on him to avoid losing him for little to nothing next year.

And this has led to interest from the likes of Leeds, Lille, Genk and Club Brugge.

However, the chances of Raskin moving elsewhere in the country are apparently ‘slim’ as he’d like to move abroad.

Standard reportedly value the player at just €5m (£4.4m).

And though they’re yet to receive any formal offers, Raskin is reportedly ‘in high esteem’ at Elland Road.

Despite his young age, Raskin has already clocked up 78 senior appearances for Standard.

One fan on Twitter has claimed that the Belgium U21 talent is ‘very similar to Kalvin Phillips’.

Another compared him to a ‘younger Verratti’.

Roca is surely Marsch’s first choice target in midfield.

Nonetheless, for less than £5m, Leeds might as well also try to sign Raskin.

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