Leeds United are targeting NEC Nijmegen striker Anthony Limbombe after the player reportedly handed in a transfer request earlier this month.

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limbombe nec vitesLimbombe was linked to a number of clubs in the January transfer window, including Leeds United and La Liga side Granada, as interest in the player spiked after a number of impressive performances for NEC last season. In January, the Yorkshire Evening Post stated that Leeds United made an offer in excess of € 1 million, in order to tempt Nijmegen to sell, but that offer was turned down.

According to the Express, a move to Leeds United could now be resurrected as the player handed in a transfer request earlier this month. It is thought that Limbombe, a Belgium U21 international, wants to leave NEC in order to make the next step in his career. Since January, Hamburg have also shown an interest in the striker but have subsequently dropped out of the running to pursue other targets, leaving the door open for Leeds United.

Reports suggest that Limbombe favours a move to England, Germany or Spain and his agent did little to quash speculation, saying “A very good player like Anthony certainly interests English clubs, so he could leave for England, just like he is of interest to clubs of other leagues, where he could end up too.”

Having signed the Belgium from KRC Genk, for an undisclosed fee, NEC Nijmegen has seen Limbombe’s value rise dramatically to around €2.5 million. This kind of transfer fee could alleviate financial pressure at the club with reports circulating that the management may have to sell players to reduce outgoings.

Limbombe made 34 appearances in all competitions last term, scoring seven goals and providing seven assists.

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