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Leeds United round-up: Cellino wants Antonsson, Clare targeted and Bielsa work permit update

All the latest news and gossip from Leeds United.

Mathew Nash



Cellino raid

A new team has entered the mix for Leeds United striker Marcus Antonsson, but it is a familiar face involved.

The Swedish star has struggled to settle at Elland Road and spent last season on loan at Blackburn Rovers.

He is consistently being linked with a move away this summer, as teams in his native Sweden appear to be keen.

Now Brescia are said to be keen on the player. The Italian Serie B side are currently owned by Massimo Cellino, the former controversial chairman of Leeds United.

He was in charge when Antonsson arrived in West Yorkshire and, according to the Yorkshire Evening Post, has not forgotten him.

(during the Sky Bet League One match between A.F.C. Wimbledon and Gillingham at The Cherry Red Records Stadium on September 12, 2017 in Kingston upon Thames, England.

Clare wanted

Leeds United are one of a number of clubs in the hunt for Sheffield Wednesday midfielder Sean Clare. According to TEAMtalk, the West Yorkshire side join the likes of Everton and Wolves in the hunt for the player. Aston Villa have been the frontrunners for his signature, but are no longer in the running for the player.

Clare has refused a new deal at Hillsborough, where he impressed in the second half of last season.

Leeds are now hopeful of bringing him to Elland Road for a minimal compensation fee.

Balague on Bielsa

The latest on Marcelo Bielsa now. Yesterday saw reports in Argentina suggest the deal was done and his work permit was in.

That was clearly not the case. Spanish football expert Guillem Balague has now made it clear that no deal is yet done.

He says a work permit is yet to be approved and that will only happen after he has signed on the dotted line.

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Some Leeds United fans are raving over Samuel Saiz’s League Cup display

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Leeds United have won a third game in a row under the management of Marcelo Bielsa. The Argentine made plenty of changes to his starting XI for the clash with Bolton Wanderers, but they still proved too strong for the Trotters.

There were some excellent performances on the night for Leeds fans to get excited about. Patrick Bamford scored his first goal for the club. Jamie Shackleton had an excellent evening in only his second senior appearance. Lewis Baker also had a good game in the centre of midfield. But it was perhaps Samuel Saiz who caught the eye the most.

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The Spanish wizard was sensational, as always, throughout the game and fully deserved his goal. His trickery left Bolton’s defence bamboozled before a low drive beat Remi Matthews in the opposing goal.

Leeds fans were, of course, delighted with yet another display of excellence from Saiz, who was linked with La Liga sides this summer.

It was perhaps a testament to his excellent display and the esteem he is held in that Leeds fans are so concerned that he briefly clutched his hamstring whilst leaving the field of play.

Fans will hope he is fighting fit for the all-Yorkshire clash with Rotherham United at the weekend.

Here is some of the best reaction to his performance on Twitter…

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Linked with Leeds United this summer, Baghdad Bounedjah scores 10 goals in just two games

The Algerian striker has been in impeccable form since being linked with Leeds United.

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As Leeds searched for a new striker this summer plenty of names came flying out of the transfer rumour mill. Must of them, were known to Leeds fans. Others, on the other hand, were lesser known. One such player was Algerian striker Baghdad Bounedjah.

He is currently plying his trade for Al Sadd in Qatar. The front-man has been in fine form in the Stars League, scoring 25 goals in 19 games last season.

Despite Leeds’ apparent interest, a move soon dissipated with news of his price-tag. Algerian source L’Expression were suggesting that the cash-rich Qatari side wanted €15 million (£13.25 million) for the attacker in order to let him go this summer.

(Photo credit should read KARIM JAAFAR/AFP/Getty Images)

Considering that was more than Leeds were ready to pay for Matej Vydra and eventual recruit Patrick Bamford, it is easy to see why a deal did not happen.

But, judging by his early form this season, Leeds might have wanted to stump up. Bounedjah has scored an incredible 10 goals in just two games.

After bagging a hat-trick in the opening game of the Stars League against Al Kharitiyath a week ago he scored an unbelievable seven times in a 10-1 win against Al Arabi on Sunday.

(Photo credit should read KARIM JAAFAR/AFP/Getty Images)

If you include the club’s final pre-season clash with NK Krka of Slovenia his record is even more outstanding. He scored five times in an 8-1 win. That makes 15 goals in his last three games.

Of course, the Qatari Stars League is not the highest of standards. But at any level, 10 goals in two games is enough to suggest an element of quality. Such form has attracted the interest of Turkish side Fenerbahce, according to Sabah.

Leeds were still right to balk at the asking price considering his lack of European experience. But it could prove to be a costly mistake if he does replicate his form in the Middle East on the continent.

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Jamal Blackman first-team chance comes at worst possible time for Bailey Peacock-Farrell

Leeds are set to give Blackman a chance v Bolton Wanderers this evening.

Mathew Nash



Leeds United take on Bolton Wanderers in the League Cup this evening, hoping to continue their excellent start to the season. The Whites have come out flying in the Championship. In their last game, they defeated Derby County 4-1 at Pride Park. The result, coupled with their opening day win against Stoke City, has seen them installed as favourites to win the league.

There was, however, one slight blip from the Derby game. The home side’s goal came from a speculative free-kick effort from Welsh international Tom Lawrence. His effort should have been a comfortable save for Leeds goalkeeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell. Unfortunately, he lost the track of the ball and flapped at air.

It was a mistake, but one Leeds fans will forgive of a top young talent who has stepped up to number one status with aplomb.

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However, it might have happened at the worst possible time for the youngster.

Marcelo Bielsa confirmed in his press conference yesterday that Peacock-Farrell will not play tonight. Instead, Chelsea loanee Jamal Blackman will be between the sticks.

The 24-year-old, who had an excellent season on loan at Sheffield United in 2017-18, is set to start the game.

Coming off the back of Peacock-Farrell’s mistake v Derby, it is the perfect chance for the loanee to stake his claim for the starting position.

A positive display could see Peacock-Farrell in trouble. Blackman will need to make sure he takes it.

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