Reported Leeds United target out of the Netherlands, Mimoun Mahi, appears to be have played his last match for FC Groningen, and could be on his way to England.
Director Nijland van Groningen has not received anything yet, but the transfer market will only open soon and it looks as if Leeds will continue. Mahi cost 400,000 euros in 2014, Groningen hopes at least 1.5 to 2.5 million euros for the left winger.— Gert-Jan™️ (@gert_jan7) December 29, 2017
Mahi is a 23 year-old forward who can play on either the wing, as a striker, or as an attacking midfielder. He’s had a bit of a down year after having issues at the club, so it’s not surprising that he and the club would be interested in having him move on. In addition to Leeds, Nottingham Forest and a few other English clubs are said to be interested in the Moroccan international.
Groningen’s director, Hans Nijland, has told outlets in the Netherlands that it’s best for both the club and the player if Mahi leaves the club in January, and this comes after Mahi himself has said in the press that he has already played his last match for the club. He’s appeared 16 times in the league for Groningen, scoring six goals and grabbing 3 assists.
Mahi joined FC Groningen from Sparta Rotterdam in 2014, and has had a pretty decent goal scoring record for Groningen. He scored 17 goals and had four assists in 32 league appearances during the 2016-17 season, and had five goals in 13 appearances the year before. In total, he’s appeared 100 times for Groningen, scoring 30 goals and chipping in another 11 assists.
Mahi has represented Morocco at the senior level, appearing twice and scoring one goal after representing for the Netherlands at youth levels.
It’s no secret that Leeds are looking for some reinforcements up front after the club has been using Kemar Roofe up front almost exclusively after Hamburger SV loanee Pierre-Michel Lasogga has been injured and appeared almost comically unfit against Nottingham Forest on New Year’s Day. Does this seem like a deal that Leeds would go after? It kind of does. I’d rate this one better than average.