Report: Leeds wanted Southampton's Mohamed Elyounoussi on loan

Mohamed Elyounoussi during a Southampton FC pre season training session on July 12, 2019 in Schruns, Austria.

Leeds United reportedly wanted to sign Southampton forward Mohamed Elyounoussi on loan during the summer.

Mohamed Elyounoussi of Southampton during the pre-season friendly match between SCR Altach and Southampton FC at The Cashpoint Arena on July 14, 2019 in Altach, Austria.

According to a report from Norwegian outlet TV2, Leeds wanted Southampton's Mohamed Elyounoussi on loan this summer but the 25-year-old's wage demands scuppered the Championship side's hopes of a deal.

The majority of the Elland Road faithful appear to be fairly pleased with the business that the club did during the summer. While many wanted to see more permanent signings made, keeping both Marcelo Bielsa and Kalvin Phillips looks to be incredibly important pieces of business and some exciting players were brought in on loan.

 

And it appears that one of the players that Bielsa had hoped to bring in was Elyounoussi, who has endured a tough time since moving to St Mary's in a £16 million move last summer (fee reported by BBC Sport).

TV2 reports that the Whites wanted to loan the Norway international for the coming season, but missed out due to his wage demands. Spotrac shows that the 25-year-old earns £60,000-a-week with Ralph Hasenhuttl's men.

Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa prior to kick off  during the Sky Bet Championship match between Bristol City and Leeds United at Ashton Gate on August 4, 2019 in Bristol, England.

It would not be a huge surprise if Bielsa was indeed interested in Elyounoussi given that a number of Leeds' summer signings have strengthened the club's options in wide areas. 

He has struggled with Southampton, but he arrived in England having reached double figures for goals in his previous four seasons with Basel and Molde before that. 

With the transfer window still open across Europe and with Hasenhuttl seemingly having little intention of using Elyounoussi again, there appears to be a good chance that the wide-man will be on the way out of the club before the end of the month. But Leeds will now have to wait until January to see if he is still available if they have any plans to consider making another move.

Mohamed Elyounoussi during a Southampton FC pre season training session on July 12, 2019 in Schruns, Austria.

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