While Kouame looks as though he’s on his way to Torino, Erick Pulgar is still being linked to a move which could be getting closer.
La Nazione have returned with updates on the reported interest, saying that Leeds have made the “most concrete offer,“ and that Pulgar is closing in on a departure from Florence. The Chilean international has made just 10 Serie A appearances this season, starting just four games while also sitting on the bench for the last two games.
"Pulgar made 195 successful pressures in Serie A last season.— Leeds United Live (@liveleedsunited) December 31, 2020
"This was the third-most of any player in the division."@JoeDonnohue pinpoints a player who would slot seamlessly into the #LUFC midfield.https://t.co/Q9UElt3vhF
This has come in spite of his excellent campaign last season, as the 26-year old scored seven goals and assisted nine in league and cup, playing in holding midield, central midfield or even centre-back.
The Whites are currently short on defensive reinforcements, with Robin Koch; Diego Llorente; Liam Cooper and Gaetano Berardi out injured, with Cooper and Llorente the closest to full fitness. This has also sparked talk of a possible loan deal for Leeds to bring Chelsea defender Fikayo Tomori to Elland Road on loan.
Leeds are expecting a quiet transfer window this January but Marcelo Bielsa has already said publicly that if a player that significantly improves the team becomes available then he is open to adding more players to his squad, and Pulgar could be viewed as such a player.