On transfer deadline day, as Leeds United tried to make signings completed in previous days looks like they were exciting-last-minute-deals, there weren’t a great deal of claims about any genuine late business.
One which stuck out came from France, Leeds were said to have initiated contact to sign William Remy from Montpellier. The Championship club were the ‘pressing most‘, although there was interest from elsewhere in the central defender.
It didn’t seem like one L’Equipe would grasp from thin air. After a summer of Neymar and Mbappe to PSG, fabricating Leeds United claims isn’t really something which could excite the French newspaper.
Remy, a 26 year old central defender, wasn’t involved enough at Montpellier, and wanting a fresh start. The transfer didn’t come off, and since then Remy has pretty much disappeared.
At first, when L’Equipe and others were detailing Montpellier matchday squads for the season, Remy would be named as one of those left out. Alongside, although not included with, injured and suspended players.
Remy isn’t getting a look-in, and with a contract ending in June, an exit looks inevitable. Montpellier, who signed the player for free themselves, don’t seem interested in a renewal, and if things continue the way they’ve started this season, then Remy will be out of view before leaving on a free next summer.
This is course where Leeds United could step in. Presumably there was some level of interest which made them initiate contact and start some sort of talks for a potential late signing, and that should still be around, especially if Remy could be snapped up for free or a nominal fee.
Montpellier have a player they’re not using, they didn’t pay for, and with a contract ending in June. Seeing him go in January and saving on the wages isn’t such an unreasonable idea, and some kind of token fee from Leeds United could smooth things further.
William Remy is right footed, he can play in central defence, right back, or defensive midfield. He represented France from U17 to U19 level.