Leeds United are planning a late bid for Fenerbache striker Michael Frey, after Turkish media outlet SporX claimed that Middlesbrough have had a second bid rejected.
Ozan Kosar, correspondent for IHA Spor, has taken to twitter to reveal that the Whites are ‘closely interested’ in the 25-year-old forward, as they look to hijack their Championship rivals.
💥Geçtiğimiz sezon Fenerbahçe’ye FC Zürih’ten katılan İsveçli futbolcu Michael Frey’e İngiltere’den talip çıktı. İngiltere Şampiyonluk Ligi ekibi Leeds United’ın İsviçreli golcüyle yakından ilgilendiği ve kiralamak için girişimde bulunacağı belirtildi. pic.twitter.com/9PKY8owH5y
— Ozan Koşar (@oz9n) August 5, 2019
Frey has been chased by Middlesbrough for the majority of the summer transfer window, and with a second bid turned down Leeds are aiming to swoop in before Thursday’s deadline.
The Switzerland international had interested Marcelo Bielsa at the start of the window, however his arm has been forced by the departure of Keemar Roofe, with the forward joining Belgian outfit Anderlecht.
Leeds now possibly see Frey as their number one target to fill the void left in their attack, however they face a race against time to get a deal over the line and avoid their squad being left a striker down.
The Switzerland international only joined Fenerbache last season from him homeland, completing a £2.4m move from FC Zurich ahead of the Turkish Super Lig campaign kicking-off.
Frey managed just five league starts in his debut season, claiming a further nine substitute appearances and scoring three goals, but enjoyed a successful Europa League campaign after scoring twice and registering an assist.
Leeds will be desperate to get a deal over the line for Frey as they aim to complete their long-awaited return to the Premier League, with the arrival of the forward looking to offset the loss of Roofe.
Middlesbrough will be furious if the Swiss international arrives at Elland Road given their extensive interest in the striker, and that the two clubs will be battling it out at the top of the division this season.
Leeds have a limited time period to complete the move though, and will be hoping they can act fast before Boro make a third inquiry over Frey.