Leeds United are reportedly interested in landing Dijon FCO midfielder Mehdi Abeid before the end of the January transfer window, but an announcement on Wednesday may have just put end to their hopes.
Magazine France Football claimed that Leeds are interested in signing 26-year-old midfielder Abeid, who is in the final six months of his contract at top-tier French side Dijon.
The former Newcastle ace has been in decent form this season, scoring three goals from the middle of the park in 17 Ligue 1 appearances. He is available on a pre-contract basis, but Dijon may now decide to keep the Algeria international.
That is because they announced on Wednesday that France international Yohan Gourcuff has had his contract cancelled at Dijon, leaving the French club light in the middle of the park.
Gourcuff, 32, had the world at his feet when he was younger and was linked with big-money moves to the Premier League. But injuries have niggled away at his career, and he has now left Dijon after managing just eight appearances this season.
Losing the former Lyon midfielder means that Dijon are a man light in central midfield and losing Abeid this month is something the French club cannot now entertain.
That comes as a blow to Leeds' hopes of landing Abeid, though they could still sign the midfielder on a pre-contract basis for nothing - but have to wait until the summer until he arrives.
It remains to be seen whether Leeds are genuinely interested in Abeid, but Dijon's loss of Gourcuff will certainly prove a blow in their hopes of landing the ex-Newcastle star this month.
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