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Leeds United enter the running for Moroccan World Cup star

Victor Orta is adamant at adding fresh faces into the senior setup under Jesse Marsch this winter, and could go toe-to-toe with some of the continents top clubs for one of the 2022 World Cup’s breakout performers

Yorkshire outfit Leeds United continue to fight tooth and nail in a bid to secure their position in the Premier League during a topsy-turvy 2022-23 campaign under manager Jesse Marsch after the Whites have yet to pick up three points since the restart after an extended break from action during the World Cup interval.

But club director of football Victor Orta is determined to supply Marsh with reinforcements during the January transfer window while having already added Austrian defender Maximilian Wöber to the ranks at Elland Road after his arrival from RB Salzburg, with Orta now turning his attention toward matters further up the pitch.

After links have emerged suggesting that Leeds could make a play for TSG 1899 Hoffenheim and French youth international striker Georginio Rutter, Orta has turned his attention toward 22-year-old Angers SCO attacking midfielder Azzedine Ounahi as one of two Premier League clubs that are said to now be in the running to compete for his signature.

Reports from Express journalist Ryan Taylor detail a £17.5m bid submitted for the Casablanca native after club owner Andrea Radrizzani signed off on the approach, with Ounahi offering a player profile that would be tailor-made for Marsch’s system which features a growing young influence on the back of key performances from the likes of Crysencio Summerville, Joel Gelhardt, and summer signing Wilfried Gnonto.

Still bereft of real creativity, Ounahi would certainly move the needle in that regard while also being quite capable in the press, which was routinely on display for Morocco in Qatar as the former US Avranches youngster was so often a central catalyst for head coach Walid Regragui.

But Taylor also warned that Leeds remained on the outside looking in regarding their chances of landing the highly-touted midfielder who has been billed as an elegant player by former assistant manager Corentin Bouchard; “He is a beautiful player, an elegant player, the kind of player people go to the stadium to see. I just hope he continues to amaze everyone.”

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Andrew Thompson

US-based Football writer. German football guru with a wealth of experience in youth development and analysis. Data aficionado. Happily championing the notion that Americans have a knowledgeable voice in the beautiful game.

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