Leeds United set to receive financial boost as former striker closes in on transfer move

Leeds United will be keeping a close eye on what happens with Max Dean this summer. The 20-year-old looks set for a move to Toulouse after the French side agreed a fee with Milton Keynes Dons for the striker, who left Elland Road in January 2023.

Reports claim after an initial bid for Dean was knocked back, Les Violets have returned with a figure more in line with Dons’ valuation, understood to be around €2 million. The Ligue 1 side are long-term admirers of Dean, expressing an interest in his services back in the January transfer window.

Dean enjoyed a breakout season for the Dons last term, hitting an impressive 19 goals in 34 matches to help the club finish in the League Two play-offs. His fine performances earned him plenty of plaudits.

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“We love him to bits and his ceiling is as high as it can be, but I can't say more than that," said Dons head coach Mike Williamson. "We'd love to keep him but because of what he did last season, it will obviously attract attention, so we'll have to wait and see.”

Should Ormskirk-born Dean complete his reported move to France, it could hand United boss Daniel Farke an unexpected cash boost. The Whites inserted a favourable sell-on clause in the deal that took Dean to Stadium:mk last year, according to the YEP, and are entitled to 50 per cent of of any future sale.

Dean featured regularly for United at youth level but failed to make a first team appearance for the club. He could be on course for a reunion with his former Whites teammate Charlie Cresswell, who recently joined Toulouse in a £3.8m deal.