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Signing Baghdad Bounedjah would be a statement of intent from Leeds United

Leeds United have continued to show what they can do on the pitch as they prove that they have what it takes to make a long awaited Premier League return, but there could now be a similar statement of intent off the field with the signing of Baghad Bounedjah.

Competition say that Al Sadd could open the door to an exit for the Algerian come the end of the season, with France Football previously having claimed that a deal could be completed for €5 million (£4.5 million), even with a loan and an option to buy.

Given the other clubs linked with the striker, with Lille, Olympique Marseille and Leicester City all mentioned by Competition, it would be a clear reflection of Leeds’ intentions for the rest of the season.

Al-Sadd’s Baghdad Bounedjah celebrates during the AFC Champions League quarter final match between Esteghlal FC and Al-Sadd SC at the Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium in Doha on September 17, 2018. (Photo by KARIM JAAFAR / AFP) (Photo credit should read KARIM JAAFAR/AFP/Getty Images)

Having averaged almost two goals a game at club level this season with 29 strikes in 15 games, it is clear to see why such high profile parties are interested in the 27-year-old.

With Kemar Roofe and Patrick Bamford already leading the line, with the likes of Tyler Roberts providing cover, Bounedjah would be the kind of signing that the club would be expected to make to add depth as they prepare for life in the Premier League.

By making such an acquisition in January, Marcelo Bielsa and his team could prove just how convinced they are that they will be returning to the top flight of domestic football in 2019.

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