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Reports: Marseille avoid Leeds-linked Baghdad Bounedjah

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 were linked with Algerian hitman Baghdad Bounedjah over the summer.

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...

According to Onze Mondial in France, Marseille have snubbed the chance to sign former Leeds United target Baghdad Bounedjah from Al Sadd.

Bounedjah may not be a household name in English football, but his record in Qatar with Al Sadd is bordering on the ridiculous, having hit 23 goals in just 14 games this season.

The Algerian's total record for Al Sadd now stands at 87 goals in 71 games, and his goalscoring record has seen him linked with European clubs.

 

Now, Onze Mondial report that red-hot Bounedjah was proposed to Marseille ahead of the January transfer window, but they have decided to snub a potential move to sign the 26-year-old.

It's added that a move to England may be on the cards for Bounedjah, and that may just bring Leeds back into the picture; Algerian newspaper L'Expression reported over the summer that Leeds wanted Bounedjah, but backed away over a £13million transfer fee.

Bounedjah's goalscoring exploits have somehow become even more impressive since that report, and Leeds would be wise to open talks again in January in a bid to drive the price down and hand the Algerian international a move to Europe.

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...

Marcelo Bielsa has seen his former club snub a move for Bounedjah, but adding another striker into the Leeds mix may just give them the edge in the promotion race – especially one with Bounedjah's goalscoring prowess.

Any deal would still be expensive, and may be better served if Leeds do return to the Premier League, but with suggestions that the striker is targeting a move to Europe, Leeds should at least explore a potential move having seemingly wanted him over the summer.

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...

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