Reports out of Holland indicate that Leeds United are interested in signing 24 year old Ouasim Bouy from Juventus. The central defender has been on loan with Dutch side PEC Zwolle for the past two seasons. Bouy is a Moroccan from Amsterdam who started out as a central midfielder and has transitioned to defence as his career has gone on.
While Bouy has been on the books at Juventus since 2012, he has only made the bench once for the Turin club, instead spending most of his time out on loan. He has been on loan in Serie A and Serie B with Palermo and has also been on loan at Brescia, Hamburger SV, and Panathaniakos.
As per reports in Holland tonight, Leeds are in the process of signing 24-year-old Ouasim Bouy on a free. Can play as defensive mid and CB.— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) July 31, 2017
The only question in this transfer saga has been if he is going to extended his contract with Juventus and go out on loan to Leeds, or if he was going to sign on a free with Leeds and go out on loan with Cultural Leonesa. Initial reports indicated that he would be signing with Juventus and going out on loan, but it nows appears that he will be signing for Leeds and going out on loan.
Bouy lined up for loan to Cultural Leonesa in Spain's 2nd league. Qatar's Aspire Academy (link to LUFC director Ivan Bravo) controls Leonesa— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) July 31, 2017
This is another project signing for Leeds, as it appears that the club hasn’t fancied him to make the Leeds first team, but seeing has he is too old for the Academy, it’s good for him to go to out on loan.
Cultural Leonesa is a great place for players like these to go, as the team gets a chance with coaches linked to the club to grade and evaluate the new players without a large commitment in wages or space on the first team. If players aren’t going to get regular first team football, it makes sense for players to go on loan. Every club does it. However loaning it to a club that has links to the parent club is an extra good bit of business.