Leeds have joined West Ham in the race to sign Juventus star Weston McKennie according to a report from Mundo Deportivo.
The 23-year-old Juve ace is available for just €20 million (£17 million) according Mundo Deportivo – a potential bargain for either Leeds or West Ham.
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The 29-capped United States international is a real talent.
Both the Hammers and the Whites will be keen to strengthen their respective central midfield ranks at the London Stadium and Elland Road.
David Moyes should be in a far greater position than Marcelo Bielsa to win the race for McKennie’s signature though.
West Ham should beat Leeds to Weston McKennie signing
The East London outfit are head and shoulders above the West Yorkshire club at the moment.
We are in fifth spot in the Premier League table whilst Leeds are languishing down in 16th spot.
The Hammers also have a Carabao Cup quarter-final clash with Tottenham to look forward to as well as a last 16 Europa League tie still to come in March.
West Ham are a far more stable football club than Leeds at the moment. We are on the upward curve whilst questions are now really being asked of the job being done by Marcelo Bielsa at Elland Road.
Surely McKennie would opt to join the Hammers over the Whites…surely.
Leeds could actually get relegated this season whilst it wouldn’t be a shock if West Ham cracked the top four.
McKennie was described as a ‘brilliantly bright’ midfielder by Bundesliga’s official website last year.
The American is an incredibly industrious, hard-working and energetic central midfielder.
The former Schalke man enjoyed a fine campaign with Juve last term, bagging five goals and two assists in 34 Serie A matches (Who Scored).
During those outings, The United States international averaged one tackle and 0.8 interceptions per game.
The American made 22.2 passes on average and recorded a completion rate of 85.4%.
This term, McKennie has scored two goals but he has only played 12 Serie A games for Juve. He is well down the pecking order under Massimiliano Allegri and an exit from the Turin giants may well be needed in order for him to take the next step in his career.
Quite where he will end remains to be seen. We believe that West Ham have a great chance to beat Leeds to his signature though.
Choosing to move to the London Stadium rather than Elland Road really should be a no-brainer for McKennie actually.
And if Leeds do miss out on the American to West Ham, it would be a real blow to their chances of climbing up the table during the second half of the season.