RB Leipzig striker Jean-Kevin Augustin keen on Leeds United switch say reports in France

Reports emerged on Friday evening linking the French striker with Leeds United

By Joe Urquhart
Saturday, 25th January 2020, 11:05 am
Updated Saturday, 25th January 2020, 11:12 am
RB Leipzig striker Jean-Kevin Augustin in action for loan club Monaco. (Getty)
RB Leipzig striker Jean-Kevin Augustin in action for loan club Monaco. (Getty)

RB Leipzig striker Jean-Kevin Augustin is interested in a move to Leeds United this month, according to reports.

French outlet L'Equipe believe the 22-year-old - who is currently on loan at Ligue 1 side AS Monaco from his Bundesliga owners - is keen on joining Marcelo Bielsa at Elland Road this month.

The newspaper also claims that any deal for the forward would be a loan with an option to buy in the summer for the Whites.

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It is understood that a deal for Augustin would prove difficult for the West Yorkshire club to complete with Friday's transfer deadline looming but United appear to have been given fresh hope in their chase for a new striker.

The former France Under-21s star was also omitted from Monaco's matchday squad ahead of their home clash with Strasbourg this weekend.

The YEP reported earlier this month that the club were moving for a target in Europe should no options emerge domestically.

Leeds have stepped up their interest in a number of forward options after a third offer for top target Che Adams was turned down by Southampton this week.

The Whites are looking to add a striker in the winter transfer window to bolster Bielsa's attacking options following the departure of Arsenal loanee Eddie Nketiah earlier in January.

Patrick Bamford is currently the only senior striker on the books at Thorp Arch, with Leeds looking to add goals to their ranks in their quest from promotion to the Premier League this term.

Augustin made the move to Germany in 2017 from French giants Paris Saint-Germain in a deal worth £11m and put pen to paper on a five-year deal.