Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa has been scouting his former player Ezequiel Ponce, according to the Clubcall website.

The Argentine signed the highly-rated attacker when he was the coach of Ligue 1 outfit Lille, and appears to be keen on working with the forward once again.

Bielsa has engineered the Whites into a wonderful position from which to achieve promotion to the Premier League in his first four months in the Elland Road hot seat, but it will not be lost on him that he needs to strengthen if he is to tie down that elevation to the top flight.

He recently saw how brittle his squad is in certain areas when Kemar Roofe and Pablo Hernandez spent spells on the sidelines, and is expected to address that issue in January and then the summer.

Ponce was highly touted when he broke onto the scene for Newells Old Boys in his early days, and was expected to take the footballing world by storm like some of his national compatriots such as Gabriel Batistuta.

Such hype saw him move to Roma, where a nasty knee injury dented his progress and set him back significantly, and he had to rebuild his career first at Lille, and then at AEK Athens, where he is currently on loan.

The 21-year-old is already impressing in Greece where he has bagged five goals in just eight appearances in the capital, and that has led to Bielsa looking to go after the striker once again.

If the Leeds boss is going to get his man he is going to need to pull out all of the stops as there are a host of huge clubs eyeing up his signature.

Tottenham Hotspur have previously been linked to him, while scouts from Glasgow Rangers, Borussia Dortmund and the Italian pair of Fiorentina and Udinese all attended the match that the Whites talent spotters were at.


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