Former coach of Bournemouth striker Tokelo Rantie says Leeds United are interested in South African international

Bournemouth's Tokelo Rantie dow injured

The Bafana Bafana star has dropped down the pecking order at Bournemouth.

Bournemouth's Tokelo Rantie walks past manager Eddie Howe as he comes off injuredBournemouth's Tokelo Rantie walks past manager Eddie Howe

A former coach of Bournemouth striker Tokelo Rantie has claimed that the South African international has interest in his services from Leeds United.

Farouk Khan, a former coach of Rantie at the Stars of Africa Academy who remains a close friend of the Cherries striker, has told Times Media Digital in South Africa:

“At the moment he is in South Africa working in the gym‚ but that is not really good enough to stay in peak condition.

“And there are some very decent clubs in Europe who are interested in signing him‚ Leeds United being just one of them.”

Bournemouth's Tokelo Rantie dow injuredBournemouth's Tokelo Rantie

He also commented on his current situation at Bournemouth, suggesting he wants to return to play in his South African homeland:

“He seems to be very much of the opinion that he should come home‚ but I personally think he is good enough to play in Europe.

“Bournemouth have been asking him to come back [for pre-season] and eventually I think he will have to succumb because he is under contract with them and will start incurring heavy fines.”

Leeds United and Bournemouth have of course recently completed business, with young midfielder Lewis Cook making a move to the South Coast.

Leeds United’s Lewis Cook and Ipswich Town's Jay Tabb in action

Rantie is a rapid striker who headed to English football in 2013 from Swedish side Malmo.

The 25-year-old has 31 caps and nine goals for the Bafana Bafana but has struggled in England – playing just 53 times in three seasons and scoring just five times.

He played just 38 minutes of Premier League football last term and is way down the pecking order at the club with the likes of Callum Wilson, Lewis Grabban and Benik Afobe all ahead of him.

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Leeds United have already signed one striker this summer, with Marcus Antonsson arriving from Kalmar whilst versatile forward Kemar Roofe has also arrived from Oxford United – so it would be an interesting move from Leeds.

But perhaps this is just one rumour to keep an eye on.

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