Leeds have been told how much they will need to spend to sign a reported target.
Jack Harrison’s lack of form has become an even bigger concern after being hooked at half-time during Leeds United’s excellent 3-2 win over Aston Villa on Sunday – and the Whites’ reported pursuit of Jeremain Lens is now crucial.
Manchester City loanee Harrison, 22, started his ninth Championship match of the season on Sunday, with Marcelo Bielsa opting to play Gjanni Alioski and Pablo Hernandez out wide for the majority of the campaign.
But with Samu Saiz leaving to join Getafe and Adam Forshaw filling in for Kalvin Phillips in the number four role, Hernandez was moved centrally and Harrison was picked to start over Jack Clarke out wide.
But the former New York City star was hauled off at half-time and replaced by Clarke, who came on and changed the game – scoring the first and terrorising Villa right-back Ahmed El Mohamady.
Harrison is now surely below Clarke in the pecking order, and with January near, he does not have the same air of excitement around him as he did when Leeds first lured him to Elland Road from Pep Guardiola’s side.
Leeds need options out wide and while Clarke is still yet to start a match, Leeds need more experience and that makes their reported bid to sign Besiktas star Lens even more important.
According to Turkiye Gazetesi, Leeds United will only have to pay a bargain figure of £4.5million to sign former Sunderland star Lens from Besiktas in the January transfer window. Besiktas are suffering financial difficulty at the moment.
With Harrison underperforming, landing Lens is a must for the Whites next month. At 31 years of age, he brings experience but incredible talent that will shine in the Championship. This season, he has scored five and created 7 in 20 games.
At a bargain fee, it is pivotal that Leeds lure the former Dynamo Kiev, PSV Eindhoven and AZ Alkmaar winger back to England and to Elland Road to give them more ammunition in their promotion chase.