If Leeds United will face a tough challenge striking a deal for Mimoun Mahi in the January transfer window.
The Yorkshire Evening Post reports that the Moroccan international striker is interesting Thomas Christiansen’s side – but they are not the only ones.
The Sun claimed back in October that Mahi’s £2 million release clause at current club FC Groningen had Premier League duo Stoke and Swansea City considering a move. So too were Nottingham Forest, whose most prolific striker this season, Daryl Murphy has scored just seven times.
Blessed with real pace and the ability to play out wide if required, Mahi would provide some much-needed speed and directness to Mark Warburton’s attack. And it appears that the 23-year-old would be only too happy to discuss a move, De Telegraaf quoting him recently stating that he has probably played his last game for Groningen.
But if Leeds do win the race for a striker who has six Eredivisie goals to his name this season, Mahi’s arrival at Elland Road may be greeted with a great deal of scepticism.
After all, he would be the third player to arrive in West Yorkshire from Holland in recent months – and it’s fair to say former Twente midfielder Mateusz Klich and one-time NEC youngster Jay-Roy Grot (below) haven’t set the world alight.
Neither did Jordan Botaka, the jet-heeled winger Leeds signed from Excelsior in 2015. He scored none and set up one in 13 Championship games in his debut season, spent the next campaign failing to make an impression on loan at Charlton Athletic, and was released in the summer.
Mahi, then, may have a point to prove if he makes that switch from Holland to Leeds.