Leeds set sights on Nigeria’s Turkey-based utility player

Leeds United are interested in the signature of Nigeria's Bright Osayi-Samuel from Fenerbahçe, according to reports in local tabloid Star.

The Turkish outfit had received offers from three teams for the 25-year-old Nigerian international who is away at a training camp with the Nigeria squad ahead of the Africa Cup of Nations in Ivory Coast.

The Turkish giants, currently leading the league table mid-way into the season, are looking to strengthen their squad in the winter transfer window. However, the demand for their players is also increasing.

Aside from Leeds, Crystal Palace and Wolverhampton Wanderers are circling for the signature of the versatile wideman, who can play in defence or attack. But only Leeds has reportedly tabled an offer.

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Bright Osayi Samuel (21) of Fenerbahce and Baris Alper Yilmaz of Galatasaray during the Turkish Super League Derby match between Fenerbahce and Galatasaray at Sukru Saracoglu ULKER Stadium on December 24, 2023 in Istanbul, Turkey. (Photo by SeskimPhoto ) – Photo by Icon sport

Are Leeds willing to pay the price?

Fenerbahçe does not want to sell but would consider an offer for the right amount. They have opened the door to future offers at 10 million euros. Osayi-Samuel who has been pivotal for the team since joining have played in 24 matches so far this season, scoring 2 goals and 4 assists.

Currently Crysencio Summerville, Wilfried Gnonto, Daniel James, Jaidon Anthony, Ian Poveda, Patrick Bamford, Georginio Rutter and Joel Piroe make up the regular attacking options for Daniel Farke, while Joe Gelhardt and Mateo Joseph are also in the running too.

Farke is looking to close out the visible loopholes in his squad and would most likely want to bolster his squad especially as there are transfer talks involving Gnonto and Summerville, with both players being targeted by topflight clubs.

Bright-Osayi's club future is uncertain but for now, he is concerned with helping Nigeria at the AFCON. The Super Eagles start their campaign against Equatorial Guinea on January 14 in Abidjan.

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