It seems a new potential target has emerged for Leeds United in their hunt for reinforcements in the January transfer window.
That’s after a report from La Lazio Siamo Noi claimed that the Elland Road club are interested in signing striker Vedat Muriqi from Lazio.
After scoring 17 goals for Fenerbahce during the 2019/20 campaign, Muriqi completed a move to Lazio in the summer of 2020, but things has since failed to work out.
The 27-year-old has scored just two goals in 48 appearances in all competitions for Lazio over the past season-and-a-half, meaning it now seems as though a move elsewhere could be on the cards.
According to this latest update, Leeds have now registered their interest in the striker, and have put together a formula to bring him to Elland Road.
Championship side Hull City, who are seemingly on the verge of a takeover by Turkish businessman Acun Ilicali, have also been linked with Muriqi, but have apparently now pulled out of the race to sign the striker.
As things stand, there are three-and-a-half years remaining on Muriqi’s contract with Lazio, securing his future with the club until the end of the 2024/25 season.
This may be one that Leeds are better off avoiding you feel.
Admittedly, with the likes of Patrick Bamford struggling with injuries this season, you can understand why Leeds might feel the need to add to their attacking options this month, given their lack of senior depth at centre forward.
However, Muriqi’s record with Lazio is far from prolific, meaning it would be something of a risk for Leeds to rely on him to make an impact in front of goal as they look to pull away from the relegation battle.
With the 27-year-old’s contract situation meaning he may not be cheap either, you get the feeling Leeds may be better off looking elsewhere if they are to add another striker to their ranks in the next few weeks.