Reported £6.5m Leeds target Baghdad Bounedjah discusses January move

Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa watches on  during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Derby County at Elland Road on January 11, 2019 in Leeds, England.

Marcelo Bielsa's Leeds United reportedly want to bring Al-Sadd striker Bounedjah to the Championship - he could take Elland Road by storm.

Algeria's Baghdad Bounedjah celebrates after scoring during the African Cup of Nations Group D Match between Algeria and Benin at the Mustapha Tchaker stadium in Blida on October 12, 2018....

Start as you mean to go on Baghdad Bounedjah.

After finding the net a remarkable 42 times in all competitions last season for Qatari outfit Al Sadd, with a staggering 39 coming in 22 league matches, an Algerian international who makes goalscoring look as simple as taking a breath has started the new campaign in typically electrifying fashion.

A four-goal haul in Al Sadd’s 7-1 thrashing of Al Shahania last time out means a side coached by Barcelona legend Xavi Hernandez are flying high with Bounedjah, who has nine in just six games already, as lethal as ever.

 

No wonder a Leeds United side who continue to be held back by their own maddening profligacy are keen to bring one of the most clinical goalscorers in the world game to Elland Road in January.

Competition.dz claims that Leeds are battling two of Marcelo Bielsa’s former sides, Marseille and Lille, for a striker who is apparently available for a bargain £6.5 million.

"Yes, I have offers,” Bounedjah told Le Buteur, while stopping short of naming names and admitting that he is still enjoying life in the Middle East.

Baghdad Bounedjah of Algeria during the  International Friendly match between Algeria  v Colombia  at the Stade Pierre Mauroy on October 15, 2019 in Lille France

The chance to prove himself in Europe for the first time will undoubtedly appeal to a man whose relentless goalscoring draws inevitable comparisons with his hero, a certain Cristiano Ronaldo.

It’s all well and good scoring for fun in Algeria, Tunisia and Qatar, but if Bounedjah wants to make himself a household name in Europe then interest from Elland Road has arisen at the perfect time.

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...

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