Journalist James Marshment is excited by the talk linking Leeds United with a move for Martin Terrier.
According to French media heavyweights L’Equipe, the Rennes frontman is being ‘courted’ by several English clubs with both Leeds and West Ham named as potential suitors.
The same report claims that the Ligue 1 outfit will demand at least €40m (£34m) for the 25-year-old ace who scored 21 goals and provided seven assists in 46 appearances last term.
The Athletic’s Leeds correspondent Phil Hay recently said on his podcast that the Frenchman had been discussed at the club previously but that those at Thorp Arch felt he was a bit ‘pricey’.
The whites are also reported to have made a £31m bid for Club Brugge’s Charles De Ketelaere and despite it being higher than AC Milan’s offer of €30m (£25.5m) plus add-ons, the Serie A title holders are still the favourites to sign him according to Fabrizio Romano.
Manager Jesse Marsch has refused to close the door on De Ketelaere but did insist that the club have moved on to other targets and Marshment feels Terrier could be a tremendous signing should a deal for the Belgian starlet not materialise.
Speaking on the JustJoe Football Show he said:
(30:10)”I like the look of it and I think he’s probably Leeds’ plan B if a deal for De Ketelaere doesn’t come off.
“I think he would score a lot of goals in the Premier League. I think he would translate well to our style of play and he’s capable of scoring headers as well.
“Six of his 21 last year were headers so I just think he’s got a bit about him.
“I know it’s only one year that he’s done exceptionally well but you know, you’re not going to be a mug if you’re finishing third in the Ligue 1 scoring charts.
“I do think his game would instantly fit in with Leeds whereas De Ketelaere it might be more of us adapting to him because he’s such a good player where Terrier I think he would suit us just down to the ground.”
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After selling last season’s chief goal threat Raphinha for £55m the club need to reinvest and replace the 14 goals that the Brazillian contributed to and Terrier could well be a smart choice if the price tag can be negotiated.
The livewire was described as a ‘high-level’ footballer by his coach Bruno Genesio and perhaps after a breakout campaign in France he could help lift Leeds further up the table.