Teenage Norwegian striker Abdul-Basit Agouda on his way to England to talk to clubs about a move. Good record for Norway youth sides. Leeds a possibility but other clubs interested. Almost joined Brighton in Jan. That’s my transfer news for the year— Will Unwin (@Will_Unwin) November 28, 2017
Agouda is a 19 year-old striker who has an impressive scoring record for various Norway international youth teams. He scored four goals in 12 appearances for the Norway U18 team, and scored 9 goals in 20 appearances for the Norway U16 side.
According to the Derby Telegraph, Agouda has rejected a new contract for Norway’s Strømsgodset IF, reportedly in hopes of finding a new deal elsewhere. He had apparently been outcast to the reverses while his contract dispute was going on. And while the young striker only played in two matches for the senior club this past season, he did score a goal in less than 30 minutes of work in the cup. Agouda was also reportedly close to signing a deal with Brighton & Hove Albion last January.
The possible transfer of another young player continues the current efforts of Leeds United, as the club seeks out talent from all over the world. The club transferred in a number of Spanish and Spain based players over the summer transfer window, with the club nabbing players from the Academies of Barcelona, Real Madrid, Rayo Vallecano, among others. Leeds also signed a young Polish goalkeeper who was formerly with Feyenoord, Kamil Miazek earlier this season.
Leeds also isn’t just working the international transfer market for young players, as the club also recently signed Ryan Edmondson from York City, and the club is also looking to redevelop the area around Elland Road, building a new training ground and a new state-of-the-art youth academy to replace Thorp Arch.
So will the young Norway international sign with Leeds? Maybe. Should we expect him to slot into the first team and score a hat-trick at Wembley? No. But it’s still a good sign that the club is bringing in good young players to compete for spots and to build up the Academy, so that the next stars at Elland Road are “home grown” rather than purchased.