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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 should target Marcelo Bielsa teacher’s pet Stephane Sparagna

Leeds United’s new boss was a big fan of Sparagna at Marseille.

Mathew Nash



Leeds United have completed one of the more eye-catching managerial appointments in Championship history, with the appointment of Argentine legend Marcelo Bielsa before the weekend.

The former Athletic Bilbao and Marseille boss is a cult hero in the sport for his revolutionary tactics and influence on some of the best young managers in the world today.

He also often sees things in certain players that others don’t. He can make a player thrive, who then falls away once he departs. Aurtenetxe at Athletic Bilbao a prime example. From playing in the Europa League final and being on the verge of the Spanish national team, to being released by Dundee.

Another player who fits this bill is French central defender Stephane Sparagna.

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Bielsa plucked him from the reserves back in 2014 just as his Marseille career appeared to be dwindling away. Bielsa quickly turned him into a squad regular and soon Arsenal were snooping. When Bielsa left, Sparagna fell out of favour – with injuries also a contributing factor.

But Bielsa’s influence cannot be understated. Sparagna said so himself, telling Europe1 Sports that the Argentine was the ‘only one who believed in him.’

Nowadays the 23-year-old is impressing in Portuguese football with Boavista but Leeds need a new central defender. They need players Bielsa can trust, especially if a three at the back formation is implemented at Elland Road.

The former French youth international underwent corrective knee surgery in May but is expected back for the new season.

Considering he would be an affordable, trustworthy former Bielsa product in a position that Leeds need reinforcements, Sparagna would be a welcome recruit.

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Why Marcelo Bielsa is unlikely to target Fernando Llorente reunion at Leeds United

The Tottenham Hotspur striker is set to leave but a move to Leeds would appear unlikely.

Mathew Nash



The appointment of Marcelo Bielsa at Leeds United on Friday has led to some exciting transfer rumours and reports. The Argentine’s close link with Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino soon saw an opinion piece on Juan Foyth become a transfer link in Argentina. Another Spurs player has also been talked about online. Whilst no official interest has been reported many are wondering whether Leeds could swoop for out-of-favour Spurs striker Fernando Llorente.

On the one hand, it makes perfect sense. Bielsa has good links with Spurs, Llorente played under the Argentine at Athletic Bilbao and Leeds desperately need a striker of the Spaniard’s ilk.

‘Make it happen’, Leeds fans might cry.

But whilst rumours and dreams of a deal for the £12.1 million striker may be present, the reality is this is an extremely unlikely move.

First of all, there are his massive wages. That, however, is an issue Leeds could get around.

What they wouldn’t is the relationship between Bielsa and Llorente which is frosty, to say the least.

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In the summer of 2012, with one year remaining on his contract with Bilbao, the ‘Lion King’ shocked his adoring fans by making his intention to leave the club clear.

Bilbao, always the hardest of bargainers, told him he would have to wait until his contract expired.

What happened next was a series of fall-outs and arguments. In October that year, the striker was banished from the club. As reported by Football Espana, his conduct in training saw Bielsa give him the boot.

When he was brought back into the fold, he could not get a game. Looking beyond, Bielsa played Aritz Aduriz instead.

In December, after Llorente was booed by his own fans, the new Leeds boss told him to ‘get used to it’, as reported by ESPN.

Prior to his contract situation, Llorente spoke only highly of ‘the boss’ but as soon as he got on the wrong side of him there was no coming back.

So whilst Llorente to Leeds may be many people’s dream Bielsa move, it looks highly unlikely considering the combustible nature of the pair’s past.

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Leeds United round-up: Hernandez competition, Posh strong on Marriott and South Africa interest in talent

All the latest news and gossip from Leeds United.

Mathew Nash



Abel competition

Leeds United face further competition for the signature of Abel Hernandez this summer. Leeds have tabled a contract offer for the Uruguayan, who is a free agent having left Hull City.

But it soon emerged that Galatasaray also want the striker and now a return to Serie A is being mooted.

Hernandez, who previously played for Palermo in the Italian top-flight, is wanted by Genoa – according to reports.

Il Secolo XIX is reporting, as relayed by TMW, that Genoa have also approached the striker with a contract offer.

Hernandez has a big decision to make over his future this summer, with Leeds hoping he will decide on a move to Elland Road.

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Marriott price-tag

Leeds United are still interested in Peterborough United striker Jack Marriott, but the Posh continue to resist bids for the player.

The striker scored 33 goals last season and can leave for the right price this summer.

However, it would appear that price-tag has not yet been met and the League One side are standing firm – as reported by the Bristol Post.

Bafana Bafana interest

Whilst the World Cup is currently underway it seems one talented young Leeds United player can start dreaming of an international future himself.

Max McMillan is being lined up to represent South Africa on the national scene. According to Soccer Laduma, the young Leeds forward is wanted by the Bafana Bafana, as they hunt the globe for more eligible talent.

Whilst still young, his older brother Alex of Grimsby Town is also being targeted and could even make a move to South Africa soon.

The pair qualify to play for the African nation via their father’s heritage.

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