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

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.

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.

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