Leeds United transfer news: Whites keeping tabs on free agent Yasin Ben El-Mhanni following Newcastle release

29 Aug

Leeds United are keeping tabs on free agent Yasin Ben El-Mhanni, who is currently training with Brentford as he seeks a new club.

El-Mhanni, 22, has been without a club since he left Newcastle at the end of last season. The Magpies did not extend the winger’s contract in the wake of him making accusations of bullying and discrimination towards Peter Beardsley, the club’s academy coach, though the two events were unrelated.

El-Mhanni left Newcastle at the end of last season

Since his departure from St James’ Park, the winger has been attempting to earn a contract with a new club, and Brentford have offered El-Mhanni the chance to train with them as they considering moving for him.

However, Goal say that Brentford’s Championship rivals Leeds are also keeping tabs on El-Mhanni, as well as Heerenveen of the Netherlands and French duo Amiens and Saint-Etienne.

El-Mhanni joined Newcastle in the summer of 2016 after impressing in non-league for both Farnborough and Lewes, having also spent time on trial with a host of Premier League clubs including Watford, Bournemouth, Crystal Palace and Chelsea.

El-Mhanni made just two appearances in his two seasons with the Magpies

Leeds are believed to be keen on adding another attacking midfield option to Marcelo Bielsa’s squad before Friday’s loan deadline passes, ideally from a Premier League club, though they could move for El-Mhanni if no other options present themselves.