Premier League side Bournemouth are reportedly interested in making winger Luis Sinisterra’s switch to the South Coast permanent, with the Colombian currently on loan at the Cherries from Leeds United.
Such a move would be slightly surprising so late in the January transfer window, but there is no doubt that Sinisterra has impressed since exchanging Leeds for Bournemouth, and reports suggest that Cherries boss Andoni Iraola is fond of the winger.
Sinisterra has made 13 top-flight appearances for Bournemouth so far this season, scoring twice and producing one assist in the process.
Whilst the talented Colombian does currently have a £20m option-to-buy clause inserted into his loan contract, it is understood that it will only become active should Leeds fail to secure an immediate return to the Premier League this season.
What has been said?
As things stand, with the Whites currently sitting fourth in the Championship standings and able to go second with a victory over Bristol City on Friday night, promotion – whether through the automatic spots or otherwise – remains firmly on the cards for Daniel Farke’s side.
Because of this and the situation concerning the terms of Sinisterra’s contract, there exists the possibility that Bournemouth will miss out on acquiring his services on a permanent basis and that he will return to West Yorkshire at the season’s end.
Whether the Colombian will be welcomed back by the Leeds faithful following the acrimonious nature of his departure from Elland Road last summer on deadline day is another matter entirely, yet according to TEAMtalk, Bournemouth are unwilling to take the risk of seeing him leave at all.
Leeds are understood to be “reluctant” to part with Sinisterra unless a “sizeable offer” comes their way from Bournemouth in order to sign him, the report claims.
A surprise, but an offer which should be considered if it comes
While much of Leeds’ winter transfer window has revolved around the importance of additions to the defensive line, an offer from Bournemouth to take Sinisterra should certainly be considered if it comes.
Even if the fee is one which would only see the Whites break even on the initial purchase of the winger for a reported £21m from Feyenoord, it is one which should be taken. Whilst undoubtedly a talented player, it is very difficult to see Sinisterra being accepted by Leeds fans given the nature of his move to Bournemouth last summer.
Whether the Leeds hierarchy decide to take a risk on getting promoted this season and therefore being able to command greater control over the fee for which they sell Sinisterra for remains to be seen, but this is a situation to keep one eye on as the transfer window nears its close.