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Leeds among clubs chasing Zim hotshot Macauley Bonne

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By Sports Reporter


IN-FORM Zimbabwe international Macauley Bonne looks set for a major leap in his career following reports that English Championship sides Leeds United, Derby County, Nottingham Forest and Norwich City are all going head-to-head in the chase for his services.

The 23-year-old England-born forward, who plays for National League Leyton Orient striker is currently topping the scoring charts in the fifth tier league after scoring an impressive 15 times in 21 games this season and picking up four assists along the way.

Bonne’s goals this season have taken his tally for Leyton Orient up to 38 goals in 65 games since joining from Colchester United in 2017.

According to football website teamtalk.com Bonne’s exploits in front of goal have been catching the eye of top clubs, leaving Leyton Orient facing a battle to hold onto their star man.

“Leyton Orient face a battle to hang on to striker Macauley Bonne, with Leeds among four Championship clubs keen on the player, we can reveal,” teamtalk.com claimed.

“The National League leaders have enjoyed a brilliant start to the season and that is in no small part to 23-year-old Bonne. The Zimbabwe international has bagged 14 goals already this term and now a host of Championship clubs are ready to make a move.

Teamtalk.com added: “Leeds, Nottingham Forest, Derby and Norwich have all been impressed with the Ipswich-born front-man, having watched him in recent weeks.

“The former Colchester man has scored an impressive 38 goals in 65 league appearances for Orient and is seemingly ready to take the step back up to EFL level.”

Leyton Orient currently sit at the top of the National League table, and Bonne has been inspirational in their good form.

Bonne, who has played two friendlies for the Zimbabwe Warriors after first scoring on his debut for the national Under-23 started his career with fellow Championship side Ipswich Town, where he was born to Zimbabwean parents.

He spent six years with the Ipswich Academy, before heading to rivals Norwich for a brief spell.

Bonne left Norwich after a matter of months, making the switch to fellow East Anglian side Colchester United.

The striker scored 15 times in 84 appearances for Colchester, also going on two unsuccessful loan spells away to Lincoln City and Woking, scoring a combined total of just one goal in those two spells.

However, after a difficult first few years to his career, Bonne has started to prove his quality in the National League with Orient. After an electric start to the season, it seems the Zimbabwean is ready to prove himself in the football league once again.

His performances in England have caught the eye of Warriors coach Sunday Chidzambwa amid reports that he is close to regularizing his travel documents papers so he can be available for selection in the last Africa Cup of nations qualifiers against Congo Brazzaville respectively.

Warriors manager, Wellington Mpandare is hopeful that the English based goal-scoring machine will be available for selection soon after recently managing to secure a passport for Nottingham Forest defender Tandayi Darikwa.

“We are also hoping for more good news from England where Macaulay Bonne could be the next player after Darikwa to join Zimbabwe national team,” Mpandare said recently.

“I got in touch with him when we were in DRC and he now has his papers in order and what is left is to submit to the relevant authorities to make him eligible for Zimbabwe. The passport office is willing to assist.”