Leeds missing out on Anthony Limbombe is a mistake they must surely regret

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Leeds United wanted to sign Limbombe over the summer transfer window.

One of Leeds United’s long running transfer sagas over the summer was concerning the potential signing of NEC Nijmegen winger Anthony Limbombe.

The Yorkshire Evening Post claimed that the Whites made a £1.5 million offer for Limbombe, but were unwilling to increase their bid when it was rejected.

They believed that the Belgian forward was worth no more than they had offered, and so pulled out of a deal. Jordan Botaka, another winger, was signed instead, but his season has mostly been spent in the Under-21 set-up after some struggles in the Championship.

Limbombe was not worth increasing their offer for, and Massimo Cellino must be regretting that decision given how well the 21-year-old has performed for NEC this season.

15 games in the Eredivisie have brought a return of five goals and five assists, and Limbombe has been earning rave reviews for his performances.

He has impressed so much that there is already transfer interest in him ahead of the January window, not from Leeds this time, but from Dutch giants Ajax.

SoccerNews report that Limbombe is a priority target for the league leaders next month, as they look to capitalise on his potential and form and make him a key part of their team.

If Limbombe makes that move, he will be able to show his talent on the European stage, and his asking price will rapidly increase as clubs from across the continent get a look at a top class winger.

Leeds may have already seen his talent, but not raising that offer of £1.5 million is a mistake which Cellino must surely be regretting considering just how well Limbombe has been playing this season.

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