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Serbian striker reportedly on Leeds United’s radar

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Aleksandar Prijovic from PAOK has scored 10 goals in 20 appearances for the Greek club

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The January transfer window opens in a few days, and with Leeds United sitting in the playoff positions, the transfer rumours surrounding the Yorkshire club will start to heat up. The latest player to be linked with a switch to Elland Road is a Serbia international, Aleksandar Prijovic. The 27 year-old striker currently plays for PAOK in the Greek Super League, and has 10 goals in 20 appearances so far this season. He’s also appeared for the Serbia national team on seven occasions, scoring one goal.

The striker only joined PAOK this past summer from Legia Warsaw, and the striker seems to be a bit of a journeyman, having appeared for clubs in England, Switzerland, Norway, Sweden, and even the Parma U19s in Italy. Prijvoic was on the books of Derby County from 2008 until 2010, but he seems to have spent most of his time at Pride Park out on loan, featuring for both Yeovil Town and Northampton Town. He played 14 games in League One between the two clubs, scoring two goals, both for Northampton Town.

Prijvoic seems to be a bit of a late bloomer, as he only got his first Serbia call up this past year at age 27. The original report, that most of the other reports are citing, is from the Cyprus version of Goal.com. And while overseas links are nothing new to Leeds fans this season, the Cyprus rumours don’t necessarily seem totally legitimate. Yes, Thomas Christiansen came from APOEL in Cyprus before coming to England, but reports out of Cyprus had Christiansen grabbing Matt Derbyshire for Leeds, which thankfully didn’t come true.

Christiansen’s reluctance to restore Pierre-Michel Lasogga to the starting line-up gives this rumour a little more weight than it would normally warrant, as Leeds could be looking to grab another striker to challenge for the starting spot. However, this link seems a little unlikely. If it was coming from Spain, I might believe it a bit more. I’ll give it a 25% chance of being true.