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21 games, 28 goals: Leeds-linked Bounedjah has stunning record, exciting yet surprise target

Al-Sadd's Baghdad Bounedjah (R) vies for the ball against Al-Ahli's Nark Milligan during the AFC Champions League football match between Qatar's Al-Sadd club and Saudi's Al-Ahli team at...

Leeds United are reportedly keen on striker Baghdad Bounedjah.

Baghdad Bounedjah of Algeria scores their second goal past Luis Lopez of Honduras during the Men's Group D first round match between Honduras and Algeria during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games...

Leeds United fans may be focused on whether the club will sign Derby County's Matej Vydra or free agent Abel Hernandez, but the Whites appear to have eyes for another striker.

Vydra appears to be the top target for new boss Marcelo Bielsa, and whilst Hernandez would be a more natural centre forward, a new name has appeared from nowhere.

DZFootball reported on Monday that Leeds are in 'advanced talks' to sign Algerian striker Baghdad Bounedjah, who has been hugely prolific over the course of his career.

Al-Sadd's Baghdad Bounedjah (R) vies for the ball against Al-Ahli's Nark Milligan during the AFC Champions League football match between Qatar's Al-Sadd club and Saudi's Al-Ahli team at...

Bounedjah, 26, started out with hometown club RCG Oran in Algeria, scoring nine goals in 19 games to move on to USM El Harrach, where his goalscoring continued with 18 goals in 54 outings.

A move to Tunisia with Etoile du Sahel followed, and with 46 goals in 75 games, he continued to show his goalscoring prowess, and his record with Al Sadd in Qatar is nothing short of staggering.

With 64 goals in 57 games – including 28 goals in 21 games last season – Bounedjah has been averaging more than a goal a game for Al Sadd, and interest was inevitable at some stage.

Al-Sadd's Baghdad Bounedjah (R) views for the ball with FC Nasaf's Igor Golban during AFC Champions League between Qatar's al-Sadd and Uzbekistan's FC Nasaf at the Jassim bin Hamad Stadium...

An Algerian international with 14 caps to his name, Bounedjah has great movement as a penalty box poacher and deadly finishing, and whilst the Championship would be a step-up in quality, pace and intensity, he has shown that he is now ready for that jump.

Few Leeds fans would have expected an Algerian forward playing in Qatar to be a top target, and he is certainly a surprise name in the frame, but his record to date shows that he is an exciting one.

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