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Leeds United should sign finally sign Ander Iturraspe following 2019 link

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Leeds United should sign finally sign Ander Iturraspe following 2019 link

The Whites wanted the midfield enforcer following his departure from Bilbao last summer.

Leeds United are on the cusp of reaching the Premier League for the first time since 2004, following their 1-0 win over Swansea at the weekend.

Pablo Hernandez’s goal has put the Whites on the brink of the promised land and victory over Barnsley on Thursday would secure promotion.

With that in mind, Marcelo Bielsa will start planning for next season with a series of new signings likely.

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Leeds will want to avoid the struggles of Norwich City and Aston Villa and be competitive in the top-flight.

One man who could be a decent addition is Ander Iturraspe, who was a target for Leeds last summer.

El Desmarque reported in June 2019 that the defensive midfielder was on the radar of Leeds, having worked with Bielsa previously at Athletic Bilbao.

Not signing for the Championship outfit proved a mistake for the Spaniard. He opted to join Espanyol and has managed just eight appearances for the Catalans who have been relegated to the Segunda Division.

Iturraspe is out of contract this summer and it seems unlikely that his current club will trigger a one-year extension.

 

As a result, Leeds should prepare themselves to pounce this summer.

Quality

The defensive midfielder is an experienced performer who would bring some real quality to the midfield ranks.

Iturraspe has 240 La Liga appearances to his name and has also played twice for the Spain national team. His experience wouldn’t be out of place in a young Leeds team and that might come into the thinking ahead of the recruitment process.

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He is strong in the tackle, decent on the ball and shows unbelievable determination skills.

Leeds do have Kalvin Phillips of course but some competition across the park would be ideal.

Persuading him to head to West Yorkshire should be easier this year with Premier League football set to be on the table.

If Bielsa can persuade Iturraspe to sign terms at Elland Road he’d represent a strong start to their summer recruitment drive.

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