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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.

Mathew Coull

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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.

Derby County

Sam Winnall to Stoke looks inevitable after Gary Rowett arrival

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Gary Rowett’s move to Stoke City from Derby County has added further fuel to the fire regarding Sam Winnall’s future and a potential move to Staffordshire for the new season.

The two have previously been together during their time at Burton Albion, and Rowett opted to bring the 27-year-old to Pride Park on a loan deal this season.

Winnall scored four goals in 16 Championship games for Sheffield Wednesday after arriving at Hillsborough in January 2017 from local rivals Barnsley.

He was underwhelming for the Owls initially and hence the club decided to loan him to his former manager.

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Nonetheless, he has enjoyed some success at Derby this season, winning the club’s Goal of the Season award for his memorable strike against Ipswich Town back in December.

Injury has restricted Winnall to just six Championship starts but despite his time spent on the sidelines, the fans have enjoyed the Englishman’s time at Pride Park and are crying out for him to stay.

Nonetheless, Rowett’s move to Stoke was the icing on the cake for Wednesday supporters and unsurprisingly talk of a switch to the Bet365 Stadium has surfaced on social media.

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Leeds United

Leeds United should bring in free agent Nick Townsend

The former Barnsley goalkeeper has worked under Leeds United boss Paul Heckingbottom previously.

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Leeds United are said to be in the hunt for a new goalkeeper this summer. Last summer’s recruits Felix Wiedwald and Andy Lonergan both proved unsuccessful and could find themselves leaving this summer. The former is expected to return to Germany whilst the latter was offered to Sunderland in the winter but pulled the plug on the deal.

At the moment, youngster Bailey Peacock-Farrell is the number one stopper at Leeds and he has performed valiantly since being given the role.

But new recruits are expected this summer, with the likes of Angus Gunn and David Stockdale already being mentioned.

Leeds should, however, look closer to home and bring in Nick Townsend this summer.

Many Leeds fans will now be shouting who? The 23-year-old stopper is currently a free agent, with his contract at Barnsley being terminated this summer.

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He joined Barnsley from Birmingham City in 2015 and went on to play 18 games for the club in three seasons, including some under the guidance of current Leeds boss Paul Heckingbottom.

Heckingbottom was a big fan of Townsend’s, who he trusted as his main back-up stopper during his time at Oakwell. Townsend, who made the news after injuring his finger in a training ground bust-up with a team-mate earlier this year, is now on the hunt for a new challenge.

Leeds could be the perfect location. Of course, Townsend should not be considered a number one goalie. But if Leeds are to lose both Wiedwald and Lonergan this summer then they may need two new keepers in the door.

Townsend is a reliable option when called upon and one who Heckingbottom knows well and can trust.

Bringing him into the Leeds squad would be a fine piece of business as it would certainly strengthen what is a weak area of the Leeds United first-team.

It is not a deal that will blow you away, but bringing in Townsend would be a smart piece of business for Leeds United.

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Wolverhampton Wanderers

Giorgian de Arrascaeta signing would represent transfer of intent from Wolves

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According to Fox Sports Brazil, Wolverhampton Wanderers are weighing up a bid for World Cup bound-midfielder Giorgian de Arrascaeta.

The Uruguay international, an attacking midfielder with 13 caps for his national side, is attracting the attention of many European sides who are hoping to lure him away from the Brazilian league ahead of the summer World Cup.

Wolves fans will be delighted to see themselves linked with another established name in world football and will look to the success of star man Ruben Neves as inspiration for the move.

The former Porto star was a revelation at Wolves this season, scoring six goals along the way, and was nominated for both the Player of the Year and Young Player of the Season in the Championship. Neves’s success will give fans every bit of hope that De Arrascaeta would have a similar fate should he sign for the high-achieving club.

The current Cruzeiro player has spent the last three seasons playing in Brazil’s top flight, making 73 appearances and scoring 16 goals, after making the move from Defensor Sporting in Uruguay.

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The midfielder’s attacking flair could match that of Diego Jota, whose permanent deal from at Molineux, from Atletico Madrid, hasn’t yet been confirmed.

He would be the perfect addition for the Midlands outfit as they look to restablish themselves in England’s top-flight and ensure their continued Premier League status.

It is important that the deal gets done quickly as De Arrascaeta will soon be turning his attention to the World Cup and interest in his services is only likely to increase.

He signed a contract extension in February which runs until 2021, but the luxury of the Premier League may be enough to tempt the young Uruguayan to the Championship winners this summer.

If he signs, he would prove another useful attacking option, especially if Jota remains at the club.

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