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Report: Leeds set sights on exciting 22-year-old who's similar to Lewandowski

Leeds United have set their sights on Norway Under-21 striker Erik Botheim, according to TEAMtalk.

The Whites have hit the ground running in the summer transfer window and could yet bring more players to Elland Road.

And Botheim would be a decent shout for Jesse Marsch’s side, not least because he’s currently a free agent.

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The 22-year-old joined Russian outfit Krasnodar from Norway’s Bodo/Glimt in January 2021 for around £8million.

However, Botheim never played for Krasnodar.

His contract was suspended in wake of the conflict in Ukraine.

Then, in May, Botheim had apparently terminated his contract with the Russian club.

The player’s agent, Jim Solbakken, wrote on Instagram: “Erik Botheim has terminated his contract with Krasnodar with immediate effect.

“Russia’s illegal invasion of Ukraine is still ongoing. And in all the circumstances, Erik considered he had no other choice.” 

Now, TEAMtalk claims a number of British clubs are eyeing Botheim.

As well as Leeds, the likes of Southampton, Fulham, Burnley, Middlesbrough, Stoke and Watford are in pursuit.

Meanwhile, Scottish giants Glasgow Rangers have apparently been informed of Botheim’s availability.

TEAMtalk also shared comments Botheim made about his style of play.

He has likened his own style to that of Roberto Firmino, saying: “We definitely have something in common.” 

Botheim also claimed to be “a little bit” like Robert Lewandowski with a “similar” style of play.

He’d be an inexpensive gamble for Leeds, a free agent who’s just 22 years old and looks set for a bright future.

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