Would reported target Mimoun Mahi arrive at Leeds United under scrutiny?

Thomas Christiansen manager of Leeds United looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Nottingham Forest and Leeds United at City Ground on August 26, 2017 in Nottingham,...

Leeds United are reportedly rivalling fellow Championship giants Nottingham Forest for the signature of Groningen striker Mimoun Mahi.

Groningen's midfielder Mimoun Mahi reacts during the UEFA Europa League group F football match SC Braga vs FC Groningen at the Municipal stadium in Braga on October 1, 2015. Braga won the...

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.

Morocco's Mahi Mimoun(red) vies for the ball with Mali's Yacouba Sylla (yellow) during their World Cup 2018 Africa qualifying football match between Morocco and Mali at the Complexe...

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.

James Tarkowski of Burnley and Jay-Roy Grot of Leeds compete for the ball during the Carabao Cup Third Round match between Burnley and Leeds United at Turf Moor on September 19, 2017 in...

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.

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