Leeds United Eye Move For €10 Million-Rated Defender

Leeds United are among a trio of clubs that are reportedly keen on signing Fenerbahçe player Bright Osayi-Samuel, according to Star Gazeseti.

Daniel Farke’s side currently sit in fourth place in the Championship and will be hoping to make an immediate return to the top flight of English football.

However, Leicester’s impressive first half of the season, along with Ipswich Town’s, and the consistent form that Southampton have managed to find, mean that the Yorkshire outfit may need to recruit well in this window to bolster their promotion chances.

One option that they are reportedly evaluating is Nigerian right-back Osayi-Samuel.

The 26-year-old is currently turning out for Turkish Super League side Fenerbahçe. He has made 85 appearances for the current league leaders since signing in January 2021.

Osayi-Samuel would however not be new to English football. He began his career at Blackpool, making his debut in the 2014-15 season and making a total of 64 appearances for the Seasiders, before then moving down south.

Joining Queens Park Rangers on deadline day in August 2017, the defender became a key squad player in his time at Loftus Road. Making 103 appearances in three-and-a-half seasons, he managed to earn himself a reported €508k move to Turkey in January 2021, according to Transfermarkt.

Leeds are not the only side reportedly eyeing a move for the Nigerian international, however. According to the report, Crystal Palace and Wolverhampton Wanderers are also in the race.

Any move is unlikely to come cheap, as Fenerbahçe are reportedly asking for €10 million, according to Star Gazeseti. This is mainly because the Yellow Canaries are chasing both domestic and continental titles, as they won their group in the Europa Conference League comfortably, and sit top of their domestic league on goal difference.

Writer’s View

Farke will be hopeful that the club could get this move over the line as none of his players have managed to nail down the right-back position this season. Archie Gray, Luke Ayling and Djed Spence have all shared the minutes in that role so far those season.

Although this may be an expensive deal, signing a player with championship experience could be the key to helping return the club to the Premier League at the first opportunity.

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