Leeds tipped to raid Championship club before transfer deadline

Marcelo Bielsa

Victor Orta could never have forecasted what happened to Leeds United on Thursday evening.

For all the world it looked as though they'd be welcoming Michael Cuisance through the door from Bayern Munich.

This would have been a big statement of intent from the Whites as they look to capitalise on their positive start to life in the Premier League.

However, ahead of their clash with Manchester City, they were dealt a considerable blow in the transfer market. 

That's because Cuisance will now remain at Bayern. A fee and personal terms were agreed but the Frenchman ending up failing his medical at Elland Road. 

For someone with such a high ceiling, this will come as a major disappointment for Leeds who will now have to pursue other options.

One such target is Nahitan Nandez, but that's not the focus within this piece. 

Michael Cuisance

Instead, we're going to look at the wide players on offer for Leeds. They have been trying to sign one before the window closes with personal terms reportedly wrapped up for Todd Cantwell.

But former striker Kevin Phillips insists that Orta should move for someone far more impressive - Said Benrahma.

Leeds were touted with making a switch for the £30m-rated winger earlier in the window and as the final days of the window flash past, the Algerian could end up being a Leeds player.

Phillips told Football Insider

"It wouldn’t surprise me if that sort of deal there would probably happen last day of the transfer window, one of those that happens late on where someone probably pays a bit over the odds for him. Maybe Leeds? They might have a little go." 


GIVEMESPORT'S Matt Dawson says...

You only need to look at Benrahma's performance against Fulham in the Carabao Cup on Thursday night to realise just how special he is.

The 25-year-old Cruyff-turned his way past a player, nutmegging them in the process, before burying a shot right into the bottom corner of the goal.

He has been a star for Brentford and with him in the team, they are one of the most dangerous sides in the Championship. 

Described as someone who "boasts an endless box of tricks", Benrahma is a significantly difficult player to deal with.


He racked up 17 goals in the Championship last term, completing three dribbles per game and as a result, he now has even the most renowned in the footballing world talking about him.

The Times' Henry Winter suggested there was a "silky, sinewy quality" to his movement after his goal on Thursday and that just about sums him up. 

Benrahma is an exceptional player, one who would surely be worth the £30m Leeds may have to pay.  

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