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Leeds United news round-up: Argentine reports say Bielsa is done, contract sent, Egan wanted and Vydra price

All the latest news and gossip from Leeds United.

Mathew Nash



Bielsa done?

Leeds United are continuing to wait on a deal to bring Marcelo Bielsa to the club as their new manager. It is now reported by the Yorkshire Evening Post that the West Yorkshire side are waiting to receive a work permit for the Argentine and several of his coaching staff before a deal can be concluded.

BBC Radio Leeds are now reporting that a draft contract of Bielsa’s demands were sent to Leeds in the early hours of this morning and that the ‘ball is in Leeds United’s court.’

This story continues to rumble on as Leeds try desperately to get their man. One report in Argentina from Pasion Futbol is now suggesting the deal is done, and the wait for a work permit is all that is stopping an official confirmation.

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Egan wanted

Leeds United are reportedly keeping tabs on Brentford defender John Egan as a potential transfer target this summer. The YEP is reporting the Irishman is one of the names on the shortlist to strengthen the club’s defensive capabilities this summer.

No approach has been made for the Brentford captain but Leeds are said to be tracking the situation, with a move for the 25-year-old certainly possible.

Leeds struggled at centre-back last season and it is one of the key areas they are looking to improve this summer.

Vydra price

Leeds are believed to be in the hunt for Matej Vydra this summer. The Derby County star could leave Pride Park this summer and the West Yorkshire side quickly emerged as a potential destination.

However, as reported by Derbyshire Live, the Rams will not be selling him on the cheap. Despite previous reports a move in the region of £7 million could get the player no such price-tag will be considered by Derby this summer.

Vydra cost the club £8 million in 2016 and they will only sell him at ‘significant profit.’

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Leeds United misfit Pierre-Michel Lasogga scores twice in two minutes

The German striker helped Hamburg out of a sticky spot in the DFB Pokal.

Mathew Nash



Leeds United’s excellent start to the new season continued yesterday with a 2-0 win against Rotherham United. It was a tougher assignment than their previous Championship successes this season. However, goals from Luke Ayling and Kemar Roofe gave them all three points.

It seems Roofe has a new lease of life for Leeds under new manager Marcelo Bielsa. His performances have been excellent and it appears he is the goal-getter for Leeds this term.

Last season, that was a burden pushed upon loan signing Pierre-Michel Lasogga. The German big man was tasked with replicating the form of Chris Wood, who had joined Burnley that summer.

At first, it seemed the former Germany under-21 star would do it. But his form came in two short bursts. The rest of the time, the Hamburg loanee was simply not up to scratch.

This summer Leeds decided not to make a permanent move for his services. With parent club Hamburg relegated to the 2.Bundesliga for the first time, he remained with the club as they aim to win promotion back to the top-flight.

Yesterday, he scored his first goals since returning to the club. They came in the DFB Pokal, Germany’s FA Cup. Hamburg were facing lower league opposition in TuS Erndtebruck and were level 2-2 at the time.

Lasogga was subbed into the game and scored twice in two minutes to give Hamburg a 4-2 lead in an eventual 5-3 triumph.

They were his first goals since netting against Derby County in February.

Leeds fans will no doubt wish Lasogga all the best in his own quest for promotion. But in theirs? It looks like Roofe and Patrick Bamford are far better options.

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Three things learnt from Leeds’ win over Rotherham: Roofe justifying his place



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Leeds United made it nine points from a possible nine to remain in the automatic promotion spots and continue a run of four consecutive wins under the command of Marcelo Bielsa.

The Whites started slowly but got going in the second half with two goals, from Luke Ayling and Kemar Roofe, to see off Rotherham for their second defeat of the season.

Here’s what we can learn from the game…

Luke Ayling is prolific

After being unstoppable in pre-season, the right wing-back has continued his goalscoring form in the season and found the breakthrough against Rotherham just when Leeds needed it most.

He was in the right place at the right time in the box to dive into a header with the ball just about crossing the line, even if referee Robert Jones wasn’t entirely convinced at first.

Kemar Roofe just keeps doing what’s asked of him

Following the arrival of Patrick Bamford, many questioned what kind of role Kemar Roofe would have to play in Yorkshire this season. However, since then, he has been in the form of his life and continued that with another fine finish on Saturday.

The former Oxford man burst down the wing with pace and then kept his composure to bury the ball into the back of the net. Bamford may feel frustrated watching on from the sidelines, but there’s little more that Roofe can do to keep his place.

A lack of cutting edge won’t be an issue

Early on, there was concern around Elland Road. Leeds were by far the dominant side but they were struggling to turn possession into goals with Rotherham having their fair share of chances on goal to look a threat.

In the second half, the breakthrough came via Luke Ayling and from then on, Leeds were in complete control and their finishing, later on through Kemar Roofe was good enough to convert dominance into three points.

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Leeds United round-up: Hosseini snub, Maddison not happening and Bamford hopes

A selection of the latest news and gossip from Leeds United.

Mathew Nash



Hosseini said no

Leeds United wanted Majid Hosseini this summer, according to reports in Turkey. Gazete Damga report that Marcelo Bielsa wanted to sign the Iranian from Esteghal this summer.

However, that deal never happened. The Iranian international, who played at the World Cup this summer, snubbed Leeds as he had already made a verbal promise to Trabzonspor regarding a move to Turkey.

It is the second Iranian linked with Leeds this week, following reports Leeds are tracking Morteza Pouraliganji.

Maddison unlikely

Leeds United are unlikely to go for Peterborough United playmaker Marcus Maddison this month.

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The Posh midfielder has long been linked with Leeds and there have been suggestions the Whites might swoop with a loan-to-buy offer this month.

However, Yorkshire Evening Post journalist Phil Hay doubts such a move is or ever was in the pipeline.

Bamford hopes

New Leeds striker Patrick Bamford believes the ‘sky is the limit’ under the management of Marcelo Bielsa at Elland Road.

The £7 million summer signing from Middlesbrough was speaking to The Yorkshire Post today about his hopes at his new club.

Bamford believes Leeds have the chance for plenty of success with their new manager.

The striker scored his first goal for the club in the League Cup win v Bolton Wanderers this week.

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