As the days roll on in August we should expect some more transfer talk as clubs begin to panic and push through deals both in and out. Leeds have been linked with Congo striker Junior Kabananga, a 28-year-old striker who plays for Astana has been capped 16 times for DR Congo.
Normally you could put these stories to bed straight away and say someone has totally made it up but not this summer. Caleb Ekuban arrived from a similar situation and nobody had heard of some of the players who have arrived over the course of the last few months. Indeed this deal isn’t a freebie or a small fee either, the reports from TeamTalk are that a deal would cost the club who signs the player around £1.5 million, three times the amount we paid for Caleb Ekuban. We have signed most of our players from abroad this summer, Vurnon Anita, Cameron Borthwick-Jackson and Matthew Pennington the three exceptions to that strategy that has been led by director of football Victor Orta.
The striker scored plenty of goals last season but in an extremely poor league, however he has also attracted interest from Hull City and Nottingham Forest so he has clearly had scouts out there watching him. He probably came into focus playing for DR Congo during the African Nations Cup and qualifying for the next World Cup, the likes of Yannick Bolasie and Jordan Botaka both from the same nation. You would have to say one gamble on Ekuban would be enough but this sort of deal wouldn’t come as a shock. Journalist Alan Nixon has said Leeds are chasing a young Premier League striker as cover, something we would probably rather see.