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Current Leeds United transfer story appears to be case of lost in translation

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Current Leeds United transfer story appears to be case of lost in translation

The Belgian midfielder Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe is being linked with Leeds this week.

Leeds United fans are used to plenty of names being linked with a move to Elland Road.

It was certainly worse in the Massimo Cellino era, when every potentially available Italian-based player, who made the slightest sense, found themselves on the Leeds wishlist.

Whilst it has got better under the Andrea Radrizzani regime it still happens. So when a Leeds transfer rumour turns up that can be debunked, it is important to do so.

So that brings up the topic of Belgian midfielder Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe.

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Earlier this week The Boot Room ran an opinion piece on why the Olympiakos midfielder might be a good option for Leeds.

It seems he is set to leave the Greek side this summer, as one of the players recently caught up in the turmoil in Piraeus. He had an excellent season last term with Legia Warsaw, being named the league’s player of the year.

He has previously played in England, with Norwich City and on loan at Rotherham United – but never quite got the extended opportunity he deserved in the Championship.

Leeds have struggled in the centre of midfield this season, with plenty of below-par performances, and the energetic and bullish Odjidja-Ofoe seemed to be a player who could represent the perfect solution.

It was an opinion piece, however, which has now been blown out of proportion. It seems to stem from a simple case of being lost in translation. Greek publication Gazetta, a reputable source, soon ran a story suggesting he could head to Leeds on loan, according to ‘English sources’.

The Greek language, of course, uses a different alphabet and it appears the story has been lost both ways in translation.

Now, it is everywhere.

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Several sources in the UK have reported the news but it is not just in England where the news has spread.

Sport in Poland have commented on the news, as reports there suggest Legia Warsaw want to bring him back to Poland.

In Belgium, Voetbalkrankt have also reported Leeds as being interested in the player, citing the Gazzetta report.

Whilst the assertion that the Belgian international would be a good signing for Leeds is not being questioned, the actuality of any interest in the player is debatable.

Leeds would be doing well to bring in Odjidja-Ofoe this summer, he could be an excellent signing. As for any transfer being lined up, that appears to be based on mistranslated Chinese whispers.

Until you read it in the local media, this rumour is one Leeds fans should take with a pinch of salt.

Sports journalist based in Bristol. Everton fan for my sins.

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