Leeds United appear to be edging closer towards ending their wait to sign a new striker, with the Daily Mail reporting that the Whites are in advanced talks to land Jean-Kevin Augustin.
Augustin is currently on loan at Monaco. However, he has not had the best time in the Principality. And the Mail reports that he is open to a move to Elland Road and keen to start working with Marcelo Bielsa.
Augustin looks to be an incredibly exciting target for the Championship promotion-chasers. The Mail reports that a loan move with an obligation to buy if promoted is being discussed with parent club RB Leipzig.
A quick look at Augustin’s record at Monaco would suggest that he may not be the answer to Leeds’s striker problems.
He is yet to score for the Ligue 1 side in 10 top flight appearances.
But his form for RB Leipzig offers a lot more reason for encouragement – as does a report on his future from almost a year ago.
Reported £35m price-tag
The Daily Mail claimed back in February 2019 that a number of Premier League sides wanted the 22-year-old, with Southampton, Everton and West Ham amongst those in the race.
However, the Mail suggested that the Bundesliga side would demand £35 million to sign Augustin.
Of course, Augustin joining Monaco on loan later that year may leave a little doubt over whether Leipzig would have demanded that much for a permanent sale.
But it does highlight just how highly his parent club value Augustin at. And it is probably his underwhelming spell at Monaco that has made him a possible target for Leeds.
Even if the Mail were a little wide of the mark to suggest that £35 million was needed to sign the forward last summer, the report highlights that Leeds could be signing a player with the potential to be incredibly special – should they manage to get a deal done in the coming days.