Transfer expert Fabrizio Romano has confirmed that Leeds United attacker Wilfried Gnonto could leave the club in January amid reports linking him with a return to the Premier League.
Gnonto handed in a transfer request during the summer after the Peacocks were relegated down to the Championship. However, the Italy international was forced to stay put at Elland Road as the Yorkshire club refused to accept any offers.
Top-flight side Everton were keen to secure Gnonto’s services and made an approach for the forward during the transfer window, but no deal came to fruition, although it has been reported that the Toffees will make another bid when January rolls around.
It has been reported over this past week by journalist Ben Jacobs that Gnonto only wants to leave Leeds to play in the Premier League once more and could be inclined to stay if the club are promoted.
However, Fabrizio Romano feels a little differently. The transfer guru has claimed that, while there is no concrete truth to rumours of Gnonto moving to Tottenham Hotspur, the 20-year-old could still leave this winter.
Writing in his Caught Offside daily column, Romano said:
“Wilfried Gnonto – His departure from Leeds could be a possibility this January.
“He could leave but depends on the proposal and also negotiating with Leeds is never easy. Despite rumours, I have no confirmation of Tottenham links at this stage.”
Leeds United have also been linked with Fenerbahce and former Rangers winger Ryan Kent which could indicate that Daniel Farke is looking to replace Gnonto this winter.
The Whites could potentially get upwards of £25 million for the Italian should they agree to sell him this winter, which would be roughly five times what the club paid for him last summer.
Considering Gnonto has fallen out of favour with Farke since his transfer request fiasco, it’s probably best if Leeds accept an offer they feel is worthy this summer.