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Leeds United transfer round-up: Multiple attacking aces linked, defender also considered

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Leeds United just missed out on promotion from the Championship last season and head coach Marcelo Bielsa is looking to considerably strengthen his squad in the transfer market this summer, after agreeing to remain in charge at Elland Road for another season.

The Argentine is hoping to strengthen his squad in a number of key areas, but could be forced to rely on the loan market again, after Leeds owner Andrea Radrizzani admitted last month that the club will face a difficult summer in the transfer window.

Leeds had the worst conversion rate in the Championship last season and Bielsa is hoping to solve this problem by adding more attacking players and has made signing wingers a priority.

The Whites have already been linked with a number of players this summer, as Bielsa looks to build a squad capable of winning automatic promotion next season. Here is a round-up of all the latest transfer rumours involving Leeds United…

Harry Wilson

Leeds have made an approach to sign Liverpool winger Harry Wilson on a season-long loan, according to Football Insider. The 22-year-old spent last season on loan at Derby County and was one of the standout players in the Championship.

The winger scored 18 goals and provided ten assists in all competitions as the Rams reached the play-off final and Leeds will know all about him for his performances against them last season.

Wilson is an exciting player and would be a fantastic signing for Leeds, but it is unlikely that this transfer will happen.

Football Insider reported earlier today that Wilson has no intention of joining Leeds on loan and is only interested in leaving Liverpool on a permanent transfer.

The Mirror reported over the weekend that Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is considering selling the player for £21million this summer, so there is no way Leeds would be able to afford to sign him on a permanent deal.

Ryan Kent

Football Insider also claim that Leeds have made an approach to sign Liverpool winger Ryan Kent on a season-long loan deal.

The 22-year-old spent last season on loan at Rangers and was very impressive, scoring six goals and providing ten assists for his teammates in 43 appearances in all competitions.

The Daily Record report that Steven Gerrard is hoping to re-sign Kent on another loan deal next season, but Aston Villa are also thought to be keen on him, following their promotion to the Premier League.

Helder Costa

Football Insider claim that Leeds are interested in signing Wolves winger Helder Costa on a season-long loan deal.

The Portuguese winger was an influential player for Wolves during the 2017-18 season, as Nuno Espirito Santo’s side won the Championship title.

The 25-year-old did not make as much of an impact as he would have hoped last season, but still made 16 starts in the Premier League, as Wolves finished seventh in the table.

Wolves are expected to make new signings this summer, so Costa could find himself further down the pecking order. The winger has plenty of Championship experience and his pace and direct play has attracted Bielsa’s attention.

Ben White

The Yorkshire Evening Post claim at Leeds are interested in signing Brighton defender Ben White on a season-long loan deal.

The 21-year-old centre-back first appeared on Bielsa’s radar last summer, but the Leeds head coach decided against signing him.

Liam Cooper and Pontus Jansson were Bielsa’s first-choice centre-back pairing for much of last season and it is understood that White would be signed as competition for both of them, rather than a replacement for either of them.

White spent the second half of last season on loan at Peterborough United in League One and spent the previous campaign on loan at Newport County in League Two.


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