Could former Celtic flop help Leeds United land MLS star Cyle Larin?

Thomas Christiansen, Manager of Leeds United during the Sky Bet Championship match between Bristol City and Leeds United at Ashton Gate on October 21, 2017 in Bristol, England.

Leeds United reportedly want to bring Orlando City hotshot Cyle Larin across from the MLS - and Jo Inge Berget could help make a deal possible.

Cyle Larin #9 of Orlando City SC celebrates his goal with Matias Perez Garcia #32 and Carlos Rivas #11 and Antonio Nocerino #23 of Orlando City SC during a MLS soccer match between New...

How on earth do you find a way to replace your all-time record goalscorer at the peak of his prolific powers? Well, in the eyes of Orlando City, by signing a former Celtic striker.

Swedish publication Expressen reports that Malmo frontman Jo Inge Berget will not extend his contract with the Allsvenskan champions – and is set to swap the Scandinavian chill for the distinctly warmer climate of Orlando, Florida.

Jo Inge Berget of Celtic controls the ball during the Scottish Premiership League Match between Celtic and Dundee United, at Celtic Park on August 16, 2014 Glasgow, Scotland.

Berget is due to become a free agent in December. And the Norwegian international, who scored twice in eight games for Celtic during a short-term loan spell in 2014/15, will have big boots to fill at Orlando with Cyle Larin seemingly set to depart.

Like Berget, the 22-year-old’s contract is set to expire at the end of this calendar year. After three seasons in the MLS, in which he became Orlando’s all-time record goalscorer with 44 goals in 89 games, Larin told The Sentinel that it is the ‘right time’ to make the move to Europe.

Cyle Larin #9 of Orlando City SC scores a goal past goalkeeper Sean Johnson #1 of New York City FC during a MLS soccer match between New York City FC and Orlando City SC at the Orlando...

And this is fantastic news for Leeds United. The Sun on Sunday reported on September 10th that the Championship giants were hoping to give the Canada international a chance to prove that he can hit the net at an equally remarkable rate across The Atlantic.

Considering that Leeds’ bright start to the season has turned into a disaster with six defeats in the last seven games, signing a goalscorer as young and exciting as Larin would be a real pick-me-up for increasingly disillusioned supporters.

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