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Leeds United battling Burnley and Newcastle in pursuit of top-flight midfielder

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Leeds United are interested in signing midfielder Seko Fofana from RC Lens in the January transfer window.

That’s according to a report from The Daily Mail, who say that Burnley are in talks over a deal for the 26-year-old, with Newcastle also interested.

While a midfielder seemingly remains a priority for Leeds this month, the club have so far yet to bring any player in to fill that position.

A number of names continue to be linked with the role, and it now seems as though another option can be added to that list.

According to this latest update, Leeds are interested in a deal for Fofana, who has made over 50 appearances for Lens since joining the Ligue 1 side from Udinese back in the summer of 2020.

However, it seems Leeds are not alone with their interest in Fofana, with Burnley reportedly already negotiating a deal, and Newcastle also credited with an interest in the midfielder, who is apparently valued at £14million.

Fofana started his career at Manchester City without ever making a first-team appearance for the club, though he did make 25 appearances during a loan spell with Fulham in the Championship in the 2014/15 season.

This does look like it could be a very good signing for Leeds.

A new midfielder, or lack of, has been a major concern for the club recently, so bringing one in sooner rather than later will surely be a huge relief.

Indeed, Fofana presence means he could be an excellent option to fill that role, and his past top-flight experience in both Italy and France could certainly be useful here.

It is also worth noting that securing his signature would also prevent two relegation rivals in Newcastle and Burnley from strengthening their own sides, meaning this could be an important signing for Leeds, for a number of reasons.

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