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Leeds United news round-up: Antonsson reunion, McBurnie on Rangers and Heckingbottom pay-out

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Leeds United news round-up: Antonsson reunion, McBurnie on Rangers and Heckingbottom pay-out

All the best news and gossip at Leeds United from the past 24 hours.

Home sweet home

Marcus Antonsson might have himself an offer of a new club, from his former team Kalmar. When the Swedish striker joined Leeds in 2016 he arrived from the Swedish club where he was the leading scorer in the Swedish top-flight.

Things have not quite panned out for the striker in West Yorkshire. After failing to land a starting spot in his first season he was loaned out to Blackburn Rovers for 2017-18. It was a successful spell which saw him win promotion. Now, however, he is set to leave Elland Road and a return to his native Sweden looks likely.

Kalmar sporting director Thomas Andersson-Borstam told the club’s official website that the striker is ‘always welcome’ to return to the club.

(Photo by Hector Vivas/Getty Images)

Rangers love

Leeds United have been linked with a move for Swansea City striker Oli McBurnie this summer. The Scottish striker is currently at Swansea City but truly excelled whilst out on loan with Barnsley last season.

Born in Leeds there has been talk of a homecoming. However, Rangers are also keen. Today, the striker certainly gave Leeds’ transfer rivals something to think about. He told the Daily Express about his boyhood love for the Glasgow club and his desire to see new manager Steven Gerrard succeed at Ibrox.


Rangers might have the advantage in any race for the striker.

Cost of Heck

Leeds are of course on the hunt for a new manager, after parting ways with Paul Heckingbottom this week. The club sacked the manager on Friday with Andrea Radrizzani clearly not impressed by his work since taking over at Elland Road.

Now, the amount they had to pay in order to let him go has been revealed. According to The Mirror (Transfer Live blog, 21:55, Saturday, June 2, 2018), it cost Leeds £500,000 in compensation for the former Barnsley boss to be let go.

If they had sacked him sooner, the fee would have been double.

Leeds are now in the hunt for a new boss, with Marcelo Bielsa currently the favourite.

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