Confirmed: Leeds United miss out on transfer target Ali Messaoud, who is off to Liechtenstein

The Willem II midfielder will join Liechtenstein-based Swiss Pro League side FC Vaduz.

It was confirmed earlier this month by Voetbal International in Holland that talented attacking midfielder Ali Messaoud would be leaving Willem II this summer.

The 24-year-old, who joined the club from AZ Alkmaar in 2013, is out of contract this month and has decided he wants to head abroad for a new challenge.

The report claimed that several teams were keen on the player, including French side Stade Brest and teams from Germany and Switzerland.

It also claimed he had held talks with Leeds United in May.

Messaoud spoke to Leeds last month about a potential move to England after an impressive season in the Dutch Eredivisie with the newly promoted side. He played 27 times for the club, scoring five goals.

It then emerged, as reported by HITC Sport, that Nottingham Forest, Stoke City and Swansea City were also keen on the player - Leeds had competition.

But in the end none of these English clubs got their man. Messaoud has signed for a team in Liechtenstein.

FC Vaduz, who play their football in the Swiss Pro League, have announced on their official website that Messaoud has joined the club on a three-year deal.

So this is one name that can be crossed off the list of potential Leeds targets.

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