West Ham United midfielder Robert Snodgrass has emerged as a loan target for Leeds United this summer, according to insider EXWHUEmployee.
Speaking on the West Ham Way podcast (Thursday 20th June), EXWHUEmployee said the Whites were interested in a reunion with the 31-year-old but that the deal seemed unlikely.
The club insider suggested that the Hammers were reluctant to loan Snodgrass out and would rather keep or sell him.
The Scottish international arrived at the London Stadium in January 2017, just two days before the exit of playmaker Dimitri Payet, and he has failed to be the replacement that it was perhaps hoped he would be.
Snodgrass has made just 53 appearances for West Ham in his two-and-a-half years at the club and spent the 2017/18 season on loan with Aston Villa.
He did see somewhat of a revival under Manuel Pellegrini last season, making 38 appearances, but with players like Felipe Anderson, Yarmolenko, and Grady Diangana at the club it is understandable that the Hammers might be keen to move him on.
A return to Elland Road would mean going back to a club at which the Scotsman likely has fond memories, having scored 41 goals and created 40 during his 187 games for the club.
I don’t think this deal has legs, as much of a fairytale return it might be for Snodgrass and some Leeds fans.
The Yorkshire club are understood to be prioritising wingers this summer and the West Ham midfielder is still a quality player, but I can’t see the value in the move for the Premier League club.
Snodgrass could provide Pellegrini with a useful option this season if he stays, having grabbed four goals and nine assists last time out, and a loan deal would surely only result in the midfielder leaving for nothing when his contract expires next summer.
For Snodgrass, I can see the attraction of the move. It is a really exciting time to be associated with Leeds and the chance to play under Bielsa must be really appealing but his former club are not in the position to make a permanent offer, and that is the only way I see him leaving this summer.