Leeds United have reportedly rekindled their interest in signing England U-21 international Noni Madueke from PSV Eindhoven in the summer.
According to a report from Football Insider, Leeds United have reignited their interest in former Tottenham Hotspur forward Noni Madueke as they look to bolster their attacking unit in the ongoing transfer window.
Madueke spent the early parts of his formative years in England at the academies of Crystal Palace and Tottenham Hotspur before deciding to leave for PSV Eindhoven in the summer of 2018. Since moving to the Netherlands, the 19-year-old has made rapid strides, impressing heavily for their age group teams before breaking into the first-team in January last year.
Since then, Madueke has gone on to feature 36 times for the PSV senior team, in which he has produced a decent tally of nine goals and eight assists. The teenager’s explosive performances in the 2020/21 season have caught the attention of several clubs in England and Europe, with Borussia Dortmund eyeing him as a replacement for Manchester United-bound Jadon Sancho, while Crystal Palace are also keen.
Now, Leeds United have also entered the fray for the signing of Madueke. The Whites had shown an interest in the England Under-21 international earlier in the summer but were discouraged by PSV Eindhoven’s £25 million valuation, which led to them deciding to call off their pursuit. However, with the Dutch giants now open to doing business for a lowered sum of £20 million, Marcelo Bielsa & co. are back in the hunt for Madueke’s signing.
Leeds United have made a solid start to the transfer window already, having signed promising talent Amari Miller while Jack Harrison has also been secured on a permanent transfer from Manchester City. In addition, Junior Firpo is also closing in on a switch from Barcelona to Elland Road. Now, the Whites are looking for a wide forward to add more depth and competition within the squad.
Madueke, to that end, would be a fine addition, considering the promise and potential that he has shown at such a young age. Primarily a right-winger, the Englishman can also play out on the left or as a centre-forward, which would provide Bielsa with cover for the likes of Harrison, Raphinha as well as Patrick Bamford in the No. 9 role.
But with Borussia Dortmund also in the frame for his signing, Leeds United will have a tough task to clinch the deal for the youngster. The report claims that Club Brugge’s Noa Lang is another option that the Whites are considering. It now remains to be seen if their interest in Madueke turns into a formal approach in the coming days.