Andy Delort reportedly close to permanent return to France despite former praise from Uwe Rosler

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A player Leeds United manager Uwe Rosler was quick to bring to England during his Wigan Athletic days now looks set for a permanent return to France.

According to a report from French newspaper L’Equipe, Wigan Athletic striker Andy Delort is a target for Ligue 1 club Montpellier this summer and could be closing in on a three- or four-year contract.

At first glance, the news may not seem relevant to Leeds United fans, but Delort is a player their new manager Uwe Rosler knows well…and rates very highly.

The striker was one of Rosler’s first signings when he took over at Wigan and in an interview with Sky Sports at the time, the Latics boss said: “Andy is such an exciting player. He lives to score.”

He went on to explain that Delort had ambitions of one day playing in the Premier League, but despite scoring 25 goals in 39 matches for French club Tours he failed to impress at the DW Stadium and was later sent out on loan to his former side.

There he started to rediscover his form and ended his brief loan spell with two goals and five assists; way below his best but a suggestion that he could get back on track after a disappointing spell in England.

Given Rosler’s assessment of the player, it may surprise some that he has not attempted to bring Delort to Leeds and give him a second chance at earning Premier League promotion; especially when you consider he is still young and more goal-scorers would be welcome at Elland Road this summer.

Or perhaps England is simply not the right environment for him, with Montpellier seemingly making their move for a player who scored for fun prior to his ill-fated Wigan move.

As for Leeds they will keep looking for new players who can help them get back to where they rightly belong, with plenty already linked and that number only set to rise in the months to come.

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