Potential Leeds boost as Bruges eye forward but Newcastle want him too

Claim of Le10Sport Club Brugge are keen to sign Sochaux striker Alan Virginius, who could be targeted as a possible replacement for Leeds target Charles De Ketelaere – but Newcastle are also eyeing Virginius.

Virginius, 19, has already made 50 professional appearances for Sochaux – albeit with the French club in Ligue 2. Brugge can play both on flank and attack and are enthusiastic – but face competition from Newcastle and Leverkusen.

The 15-time France Under-19 international has entered the last 12 months of his contract with Sochaux. The Ligue 2 club are ready to cash in for a fee of between £6million and £8.5million in the coming weeks and months.

Leeds have reportedly tabled a £26m bid to sign Brugge and Belgium talent De Ketelaere. Virginius could be his replacement given his attacking versatility – but Newcastle could have a say in that.

Bruggeeye Virginius: Possible replacement for Leeds target De Ketelaere

The question that prospects have to ask themselves is whether Virginius is good enough, for example for Newcastle or Leverkusen. He’s the kind of player Brugge should aim for, cheap with massive resale value.

Virginius needs to keep playing football regularly to maximize his potential. He won’t achieve that level of first-team prominence at Newcastle or Leverkusen. In Bruges he will do it.

So if Virginius is to leave Sochaux to one of the three clubs, Brugge is his best landing spot and that gives Leeds a boost in the race for De Ketelaere. Leeds are likely to wait for them to capitalize on Raphinha before impersonating themselves.

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In other news, report: The 26-year-old has ‘multiple offers’ on the table amid interest from Leeds and West Ham

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