A new era has dawned at Leeds United, with Marcelo Bielsa arriving at Elland Road with the intention of leading the Whites back into the Premier League.
So far, Bielsa has signed Barry Douglas from Wolves and secured Lewis Baker and Jamal Blackman on-loan from Premier League giants Chelsea. Ahead of the Championship’s kick-off next weekend Leeds remain in the hunt for further additions.
A new forward is top of the priority but there could be a number of departures, as we identify five deals Leeds could complete this week.
Patrick Bamford: Middlesbrough
The signing of Patrick Bamford in a £7m deal from fellow second-tier side Middlesbrough is on the verge of completion, with The Yorkshire Evening Post stating the striker will undergo a medical at Elland Road today.
Bamford is looking to get his career back-on-track after struggling to shine during his second spell at Teesside, where he previously starred on-loan during the 2014/15 season, scoring 19 goals.
The 24-year-old former Chelsea man could become the stand-out forward Bielsa has been searching for, with the imminent deal ending the club’s pursuit of Derby County’s Matej Vydra.
Kemar Roofe to West Brom
The signing of Patrick Bamford could lead to the departure of another forward from Elland Road, with Football Insider stating that West Brom are keen on signing Kemar Roofe following their relegation from the Premier League.
Roofe finished last season as top-scorer for the Peacocks with 14 goals but has a total of just 17 in 87 appearances across all competitions, which may lead Bielsa to look to offload the 25-year-old in the market.
“He wants good players, but he wants us to be good people as well. That is important. Obviously he wants us to reflect him and he has come across as that kind of person as well. And it just breeds a better team as well.”
Domingos Quina: West Ham
Portuguese outlet O Jogo has named Leeds United as one of the latest clubs pursuing the services of West Ham youngster Domingos Quina, who is expected to leave the London Stadium before the start of the new season.
Quina, who has starred for Portugal’s U19 side at the European Championships this summer, has just 12 months remaining on his contract with the Hammers and is unlikely to sign a new deal as he seeks regular first-team action.
Leeds will face a stern fight in the market to land the talented teenager amidst reported interest from Barcelona but their ability to hand Quina first-team football could prove to be decisive in the hunt.
Laurens De Bock to Fleetwood Town
According to a report from The Sun on Sunday (29/07, page 63), Leeds are looking to offload Laurens De Bock on-loan for the 2018-19 campaign after being less than impressed by the defender’s performances at Elland Road.
Signed in the January transfer window, De Bock has endured a difficult time in Yorkshire and the 25-year-old full-back eventually lost his place on the left side to Tom Pearce, with the signing of Barry Douglas pushing De Bock further down the pecking order.
A spell in League One could be on the cards as the report states Fleetwood Town are keen on landing the services of the Belgian defender.
Taras Romanczuk: Jagiellonia Biaystok
Despite Leeds switching their focus in the market to bringing in recognised names with experience of Championship football, The Mail reports a punt has been made in an attempt to land midfielder Tamas Romanczuk.
26-year-old Romanczuk, a Poland international, is said to have been subject of a £1.2m bid from the Peacocks but his current side, Jagiellonia Bialystok, have rejected the approach from the Championship club.
Having made his international debut in March, Romanczuk is certainly on the rise and Leeds could return with an improved bid for the player.