Leeds United in search of European striker wonderkid

Leeds United are monitoring the situation around Benfica striker Goncalo Ramos amid major Premier League interest, according to 90min.

Los Blancos have already missed fellow European forwards Charles De Ketelaere and Arnaud Kalimuendo, but are watching the 21-year-old Portuguese.

Newcastle and Nottingham Forest have already held talks over a move while Los Blancos are in a host of parties of interest who have asked to be ‘updated on his availability’.

Crystal Palace, Everton, Wolves and West Ham are also on this list, along with French giants Paris Saint-Germain who are set to sell Kalimuendo to Rennes but intend to add another striker.

According 90 minutes it would take around £30million to land the youngster, who scored three out of three games to start the season in place of the late Darwin Nunez.

He has scored 17 times in total for Benfica’s senior team so far, assisting seven times.

Yet the same?

Ramos is the latest in a string of promising goalscorers United are watching on the continent as they look to deliver what they see as one of the final pieces of the jigsaw this summer.

They were desperate for his agemate De Ketelaere from Club Brugge before the Belgian made his preferred transfer to AC Milan, but apparently did not feel strong enough to meet PSG’s asking price for Kalimuendo, 20 year.

If they like the look of Ramos, they’ll have to step up quite sharply considering they seem to be catching up with their high-flying rivals.

While so many teams’ scouting departments have identified the young striker as a player to watch, they can’t all be wrong, although it’s suggested his current manager isn’t entirely sold to him.

If he’s not a Joe Gelhardt upgrade, it would probably be a pretty big waste of money to spend that much on a comparable player.

Unless they feel he’s good enough to be the main man if Patrick Bamford gets injured, they could easily drop this one, but the possibility of a big sell-in value can be attractive.

In other Leeds United news, Jeff Stelling predicted the outcome as the Whites head to the south coast for their clash with Southampton.

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Edward L. Robinett