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Markus Rosenberg believes Pontus Jansson is too good for Leeds United

The Malmo club captain believes Jansson should be playing at a higher level.

Mathew Coull

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Pontus Jansson’s high esteem in his Swedish homeland was proven during the international break, as he was handed the captaincy for the friendly v Romania. Jansson may not have had the best season at Leeds, but it was always going to be hard for him to match the standards he set for himself last term.

Jansson has established himself as a firm fan favourite at Elland Road. Last summer, with plenty of Premier League teams linked with his signature, Jansson signed a new deal at Leeds. He is desperate to win promotion back to the top-flight with the club, as he looks to repay the adoration of the West Yorkshire fans.

However, during the international break, some statements made to the press by Jansson had Leeds fans concerned about his long-term future at the club.

Malmo’s Markus Rosenberg reacts after his double score in the UEFA Champions League play-off second leg soccer match between Malmo FF and FC Red Bull Salzburg at Malmo New Stadium in Malmo on August 27, 2014. Winning the match 3-0, Malmo advanced 4-2 on aggregate. AFP PHOTO / TT NEWS AGENCY / BJORN LINDGREN (Photo credit should read BJORN LINDGREN/AFP/Getty Images)

One man who feels that Jansson should be playing at a higher level is former Swedish international Markus Rosenberg. The 35-year-old former West Brom striker is currently the club captain at Malmo. The Swedish champions also happen to be the first club of Jansson’s. The Leeds star has made no secret of his desire to one day return to Scania and Rosenberg, who played 33 times for the Swedish national team, believes Jansson will return sooner rather than later. He also made it clear that he feels Jansson should be playing for a better team at present. He is quoted by Expressen as stating:

“Pontus is good enough for a bigger club than he is with today.

“But then I know he’s thinking like I did. He does not want to milk every year he can go abroad, but he wants to return home while still feeling he can make a big difference to the plan.”

This summer will certainly be an interesting one for Leeds and Jansson. The defender looks set to be in Sweden’s squad for the World Cup in Russia. If he can earn a starting place, plenty of teams from across Europe will likely be looking at the Leeds cult hero.

BARNSLEY, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 25: Pontus Jansson of Leeds United looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Barnsley and Leeds United at Oakwell Stadium on November 25, 2017 in Barnsley, England. (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)

Jansson was recently quizzed by Expressen about his future at Leeds, to which he replied with little commitment:

“We’ll see what’s happening, I want to hear from the club how to look next year and so on.”

Those comments only fanned the flames of exit rumours, although Leeds are adamant he will stay. The Whites need to ensure they keep hold of Jansson in the summer. In order to do so, they must ensure they match his ambition in the transfer market as another promotion push fell away this campaign.

If they can do that, then Rosenberg’s opinion will not be tested this summer.

Nottingham Forest

Aitor Karanka should target reunion with Julien De Sart

The Belgian could be a great signing for Nottingham Forest.

Mathew Coull

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It seems as though Belgian midfielder Julien De Sart will be looking for a new club this summer. He finds himself in a state of limbo after a season on loan at Zulte Waregem from Middlesbrough.

Despite being a regular for the Essevee he will not be making a permanent move to the club. According to Het Laatste Nieuws, the club will not be prioritising his €700,000 (£612,000) permanent deal agreed with Middlesbrough.

The 23-year-old will now return to the Riverside, where it appears he has no long-term future.

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But should his former boss bring him to Nottingham Forest?

Aitor Karanka was the manager at Boro when De Sart was snapped up from Standard Liege back in 2016 and was considered one for the future on Teesside.

Now, the former Belgium under-21 international needs to find a new home and a reunion with Karanka at the City Ground could be a perfect move.

The central-midfielder would be a welcome addition for Forest, who need to strengthen across the park following another mediocre season.

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De Sart has impressed in the East Midlands before. He was finally showing what he could do during a loan spell with Derby County in 2017. Unfortunately, a change of manager saw him drop out of the side under Gary Rowett.

Forest, however, could offer him a second chance in the Championship and it would give Karanka a chance to properly work with a player he clearly rated just a couple of seasons ago.

He would be a cheap and known transfer option for the Nottingham Forest first-team squad. He would also arrive with a point to prove to his old boss Karanka and the manager at bitter rivals Derby, something Forest fans will certainly appreciate.

It would be an under-the-radar signing, but one which could act some genuine quality to the Forest midfield ahead of the new season.

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Derby County

Newcastle United should take advantage of Matej Vydra’s low asking fee

The Czech international has scored 20 goals in the Championship this season.

Josh Kerr

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Newcastle United ensuring another season of Premier League football represents one of Rafael Benitez’ most impressive achievements in football to date.

The job done by the Spaniard is all the more admirable considering the Magpies striker options have been thin for large periods of the season, and the arrival of a goal-scorer is surely imminent for the Tyneside club.

According to The Telegraph, Derby County are likely to list their top-scorer Matej Vydra for sale after their failure to earn promotion to the Premier League.

This comes as massive news to a number of clubs in England’s top-flight, and Newcastle should be one of the front-runners queuing for the 26-year-old’s prolific services.

The Czech Republic international has been excellent this season firing 20 goals in 35 appearances for the Rams.

Reports suggest the club may be forced to sell their star striker in order to reduce the club’s £35 million wage bill ahead of next season.

The 26-year-old’s sale this summer will be Derby’s attempts to slash their budgets and form a strategy that is going to enable the club to push for promotion once again next season.

A fee of around £8 million could prove a major boost for Newcastle, considering the club’s financial restraints, and a 20-goal striker would surely be an improvement on Benitez’s current front-line options.

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Islam Slimani’s loan move from Leicester proved to be a disaster, and the arrival of Joselu was one of the most disappointing transfers of the season.

The club are in desperate need of a goalscorer, with Perez leading the club’s individual efforts, despite being a number 10 and not an out-and-out goalscorer.

Vydra also has rare Premier League experience with West Bromwich Albion, as well as Watford, and his graft in the Championship may mean he’s ready for a return back to the top-flight.

The former West Brom striker guarantees goals and if there is one thing Tyneside supporters have missed in recent years, it is a goal-scoring hero.

At a little over £8 million, he could still prove a real bargain and a relatively insignificant risk.

Benitez has been wanting to break the bank since his arrival in 2016 but may be tempted do a deal on the cheap for the highly-rated striker.

Newcastle will be looking to improve on their impressive 10th place finish next season and the firepower of a genuine goalscorer could see them surpass the highs of this campaign.

Vydra offers pace and is even an aerial threat at just 5ft 2, so it has to be a priority for Newcastle to capture one of the bargains of the season and bring Vydra to St James’ Park.

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Birmingham City

Leeds must take advantage of Garry Monk’s misstep and snap up David Stockdale

The experienced shot-stopper would be a useful addition at Elland Road.

Max Cohen

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Rarely is a goalkeeper who was previously named in the Championship Team of the Year told he is surplus to requirements, but this fate appears to have befallen Birmingham City’s David Stockdale.

Leeds United must act quickly and sign Stockdale from Birmingham, reuniting the former Premier League goalie with his favourite club.

Stockdale starred for Brighton and Hove Albion in the 2016/17 Championship campaign, steering the Seagulls to automatic promotion while being named in the PFA Team of the Year.

When the Englishman signed for Birmingham the following summer, many lauded the move as one of the coups of the transfer window.

Yet, Stockdale endured a turbulent year at St Andrew’s as the club went through three managers and narrowly avoided relegation.

Nonetheless, it came as a surprise when the Birmingham Mail reported that manager Garry Monk would allow the 32-year-old keeper to leave this summer.

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Stockdale enjoyed a strong end to the season as the Blues won five out of their last nine to stay up, keeping three clean sheets in the process.

Given his strong Championship pedigree and impressive recent form, it seems odd that Monk would allow Stockdale to depart this summer.

However, Birmingham’s loss could turn into Leeds’ gain, as the Yorkshire club would do well to acquire the Leeds-born shot-stopper.

The goalkeeper grew up in the city and is a Leeds supporter, and even had a trial with the club when he was 12.

Stockdale failed the trial back then but has a superb chance to move to Elland Road and deputise for his beloved childhood club.

The goalkeeper has been a problem position all year for Leeds.

According to Phil Hay of the Yorkshire Evening Post, summer signing Felix Wiedwald has “struggled to adapt” to the Championship, while Bailey Peacock-Farrell is relatively inexperienced at only 21 years of age.

The signing of David Stockdale would benefit all parties involved, reuniting the goalkeeper with his boyhood club and solving the positional dilemma at Elland Road.

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