Leeds United are keen on Brentford’s attacking midfielder Romaine Sawyers as Marcelo Bielsa looks to strengthen his squad ahead of the new season.
That’s according to Football Insider, who claim that the Whites are ready to rival Celtic in the chase for the 27-year-old, with the Scottish champions having had a £2m bid rejected for the player already this window.
The classy playmaker has been a crucial figure for the Bees since he was brought to the club from Walsall by Dean Smith, however he is approaching the final year of his contract now.
Therefore, the Londoners know that he could walk away on a free in 12 months time if they don’t agree a new deal with the player or cash in now.
So, a move could be in the pipeline and here we outline THREE reasons why Leeds must do all they can to beat the Glasgow giants to the signing of Sawyers…
He will suit Bielsa’s style of play
As we know, Marcelo Bielsa has a clear style of play that he wants from his team and it’s an attractive approach that demands they dominate possession.
And, that would suit Sawyers, who is playing for a Brentford side that also want to play on the front foot.
So, he should be able to settle in with relative ease and his technique and ability to pick a pass are exactly what the Argentinian looks for in a player.
They relied on Pablo Hernandez too much last season
Pablo Hernandez was crucial to Leeds last season, with the experienced Spaniard undoubtedly one of the best players in the league.
However, it was an issue for the Whites when he wasn’t available or not playing to his usual high standards, with few others able to bring the quality he has to the team.
Yet, Sawyers would be a decent alternative. He isn’t the exact same type of player but he is someone who can control games and feed the attacking options Leeds have like the ex-Swansea man does.
He will be available for a decent price
Finally, with his contract expiring next year, Sawyers will be available for a reasonable fee.
Celtic have bid £2m for the player but you wouldn’t think that they would have to go much higher than £3m to finalise a deal with the Bees, who know they have to cash in.
That makes the midfielder a real bargain and with Leeds’ well-documented financial concerns, he would represent a shrewd bit of business.