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Genk star chooses Leeds United over Southampton

According to The Athletic, Leeds United have offered a package worth €10million to sign Joseph Paintsil from KRC Genk.

The breakdown of the deal is 8million + 2million in add-ons and would include a sell-on clause. The Belgian side are yet to respond to the offer, but it is believed the player would be interested in making a move to England. According to the report, Paintsil has told Genk his preference is to join Leeds and personal terms for the 25-year-old would not be an issue.

Paintsil was previously involved in a potential swap deal between Genk and Southampton, which would have seen Paintsil head to the Premier League club and striker Paul Onuachu return to Belgium. But both players rejected the moves which saw the deal dead on arrival. Time is essential for this deal; Leeds are ready to focus on other targets if the transfer negotiations do not progress quickly.

The forward has featured in Hungary, Turkey and currently Belgium. He is also a regular with Ghana at international level. Paintsil scored 17 league goals last season, and also had the second most assists for Genk last season. The 25-year-old is versatile and can play across all positions in the front line.

Leeds transfer window has brightened up over the past week after the club signed Joel Piroe from Swansea City on Thursday. The Whites are still pushing to sign Leverkusen midfielder Nadiem Amiri. 49ers’ Paraag Marathe pledged that Leeds would be active in the transfer window as they back Daniel Farke to return the club to the Premier League.

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