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Leeds intensifying bid for Morocco’s Azzedine Ounahi

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Leeds United are optimistic they can sign Morocco midfielder Azzedine Ounahi after claims in the French media detailed the exact nature of the Whites’ offer.

Jesse Marsch’s side are on the lookout for a new midfielder this month after waving farewell to fans’ favourite Mateusz Klich. The Poland midfielder is departing Elland Road after more than five years with a move to DC United seemingly close.

And with Adam Forshaw also out of contract come the summer, the Whites are understandably keen to bring in reinforcements.

The Angers star is emerging as one of European football’s most in-demand midfielders after an excellent World Cup for his country. He was an ever-present in the north African country’s surprise progress through to the semi-finals. And his displays alongside Sofyan Amrabat in the heart of midfield proved the backbone of their progression.

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As a result, demand to sign the 22-year-old is higher than ever. He was initially linked with Aston Villa, while he has since reportedly appeared on the watch list of Barcelona, Tottenham and PSG.

However, reports over the weekend suggested Leeds had thundered right to the front of the queue to sign him.

Indeed, Whites director of football Victor Orta has reportedly put in an offer to the Ligue 1 club that blitzes away all the competition.

That offer from Leeds is reportedly worth a fee of up to £22m (€25m) – an offer that Angers would find hard to resist.

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