Vedat Muriqi has been strongly linked with a move to Leeds United over the past 24 hours – but it appears he could be on his way back to Turkish football. A Spor report that Fenerbahce are close to securing a loan deal.

Muriqi, 27, joined Lazio from Fenerbahce in the summer of 2020 for a fee believed to be in the region of £16.75million (Football Italia). That is, after a glorious season with Fenerbahce – having a hand in 24 goals during 2019-20.

Scoring 17, he created seven more in just 36 league and cup appearances. But since his move to Lazio, in which he has played 48 times, he has managed a paltry two goals. 36 of those 48 games have come off the bench.

LaLazioSiamoNoi reported this week that Leeds – and surprisingly – Hull City were interested in luring Muriqi to England. But a new report from A Spor says Fenerbahce are closing in on a loan return to the SuperLig side.

It is believed that talks are expected to become more ‘concrete’ over the ‘next few days’. Fener have kept tabs on a possible return for Muriqi ever since his sale, and the player himself is said to be keen on a move.

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Muriqi blow: But striker does not fit Leeds style, anyway

Muriqi is a target man. He is renowned for his strength, his aerial ability, his ability to dictate two central defenders. While these are plus points, he is miles away from being a Marcelo Bielsa-type striker.

Leeds do need a striker. Patrick Bamford is expected to be back on Sunday to take on West Ham – but Joe Gelhardt, Sam Greenwood and Tyler Roberts all have injuries. Rodrigo could also be fit enough to feature.

But Muriqi is not the answer for Leeds. Bielsa likes his striker to start the press, but Muriqi is not as mobile as Bamford and will certainly not run the channels. It is not the ideal fit, despite the need for a forward.

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