If Leeds want to sign Eberechi Eze, they might need to be prepared to make him their most expensive signing since Robbie Fowler swapped Liverpool for Elland Road in 2001.
According to The Mail (11 January, page 85), Queens Park Rangers want £10 million for Eze with interest rising. The last time Leeds paid an eight-figure sum for a player was 18 years ago when Fowler arrived in West Yorkshire.
Needless to say, luring Eze to Elland Road could be easier said than done – and not just because of his price tag. The Daily Star (8 January, page 47) reported that Crystal Palace are also interested in a skilful youngster who has been compared to the one-time Loftus Road wonderkid Raheem Sterling.
And considering that Palace’s lack of creativity was once again brutally exposed in Saturday’s 2-1 home defeat to bitter rivals Brighton and Hove Albion, The Eagles should not be taking no for an answer with Eze in their sights.
Eze is a player who has the potential to get better than better. So Crystal Palace cannot afford to let Leeds muscle in.