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Report: Leeds United want RB Leipzig striker Jean-Kevin Augustin

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Report: Leeds United want RB Leipzig striker Jean-Kevin Augustin

The 22-year-old hasn’t enjoyed a successful loan spell with Monaco during the first half of the season.

Leeds United have switched their attentions to Red Bull Leipzig striker Jean-Kevin Augustin in their search for a new frontman.

According to Foot Mercato, the player who spent the first half of the season on loan with Monaco is wanted by the Whites.

Augustin is due to stay in Ligue 1 until the end of the season. The report, however, claims that the two parties are not against a departure if something interesting arises.

A return to Germany seems unlikely. Leipzig are top of the Bundesliga and finished top of their Champions League group, setting up a game with Tottenham in the last 16.

It wouldn’t be completely impossible to lure Augustin to England. He has started just five games in all competitions for Monaco since joining in the summer.

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The 22-year-old has struggled for game time and as a result, he has just a solitary goal to his name this season.

In the summer he was worth a reported £15 million, according to Sky Sports. That would seem to indicate that Leipzig hold him in high regard.

Last season was a bit more fruitful for Augustin, scoring eight goals and registering two assists from his 30 outings.

The ex-France under-21 international can also operate on the wing if called upon.

 

Leeds are in desperate need of reinforcements in attack. Eddie Nketiah returned to Arsenal earlier this month, leaving Patrick Bamford as the only recognised striker.

The Whites have lost their last two games and have thus far been denied in their search for a striker.

Che Adams is the most high profile domestic link, although Southampton appear to be standing firm over their desire to keep him.

Deja Vu

Leeds fans will seriously hope they can get something over the line.

Rewind 12 months ago and Marcelo Bielsa found himself in a similar situation, needing signings to make the final push towards the line.

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No signings were forthcoming and a collapse ensued, allowing Sheffield United to race to automatic promotion at their expense.

The Whites were then beaten by Derby in the play-off semi-final, leaving the recruitment team in the firing line.

Augustin might not be the club’s preferred choice in their search for a striker.

His arrival could be just the lift that everyone needs at Elland Road, however, to get their promotion push back on track.

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