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Pontus Jansson’s brother suggests Filip Helander move, should Leeds swoop?

The pair teamed up for Sweden in international duty this week.

Mathew Coull

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This week saw Leeds United centre-back Pontus Jansson receive the honour of captaining his nation. He led Sweden out against Romania in a 1-0 friendly defeat this week. Whilst the result was not what Jansson would have wanted, it was still a proud occasion for the Leeds defender, and his family.

His brother in particular shared his pride on Twitter. Peter Jansson is often in contact with Leeds fans on social media and he shared this message on his account:

Not only was he proud of his brother, but he was also suggesting options for Leeds United to buy. He pointed out that Jansson had developed a good working partnership with Swedish compatriot Filip Helander:

The pair have similar backgrounds. Helander, like Jansson, came through the youth ranks at Malmo before moving to Italy with Hellas Verona. Jansson’s move from Malmo also took him to Italy, joining Torino.

Helander, a natural left-footer, certainly would add some balance to the Leeds back-line alongside Jansson. Undoubtedly he is a more talented player than current incumbent Liam Cooper and Leeds would be lucky to have him in.

So should they move for Helander?

A deal to sign the 24-year-old would be brilliant for Leeds. But here lies the main problem, and the main difference between Helander and Jansson. Whilst the Leeds man struggled in Italian football with Torino, Helander has not.

Jansson joined Leeds as he was not playing regularly with the Italian side. Helander on the other hand has been a regular for Bologna this season, helping them to a mid-table position in Serie A.

For Helander to swap that for Championship football is not beyond the realms of possibility. However, it certainly looks an unlikely proposition.

If only Leeds could convince Helander, because he and Jansson at the back would form quite the pair in the Championship.

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Salomon Rondon would be ideal back-up for Harry Kane and Tottenham

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According to reports from the Daily Mirror, Tottenham Hotspur are interested in adding West Bromwich Albion‘s Salomon Rondon to their attacking ranks.

The recently relegated striker will be hoping to stay in the Premier League and Mauricio Pochettino can ensure that happens for the Venezuela international.

Harry Kane has been a revelation once again for the Lilywhites firing 30 league goals this season and was also nominated for the PFA Player of the Year award.

However, Pochettino has still not found a suitable back-up for the Englishman and is already looking for another replacement.

Fernando Llorente was signed from Swansea last season after Vincent Janssen failed to make an impact in north London.

However, the 33-year-old striker could not improve on his 15 goal tally for the Swans that kept them in the top flight a year ago.

The Spanish forward has one goal in 16 Premier League appearances for Spurs and it’s understandable that Pochettino already wants a replacement.

Rondon would not be a signing that should get fans excited by any means.

After all, he does not represent a world-class striker in the slightest and, similarly to Llorente, he has spent the majority of his Premier League career scrapping at the bottom end of the table.

Despite finishing rock bottom in the league this campaign, Rondon was one of those who emerged from the season with some credibility, scoring 10 goals in all competitions for the Baggies.

The Baggies forward is a striker who has often looked isolated and lacking options in a West Brom side that has struggled to get the best out of him.

In a flourishing Spurs team, his Premier League goal tally, of 24, could steadily improve.

According to the Daily Telegraph, Rondon has a relegation release clause in his contract that can see him leave the Midlands side for a reported fee of £16.5 million.

This may be off-putting for Spurs fans as the fee is not cheap considering the Venezuelan’s lack of firepower.

However, at 28, he is five years younger than Llorente and would only cost £2 million more than the fee they paid for the Spaniard, so it’s not the worst transfer when wanting more attacking options.

There’s no doubt that Llorente has struggled at Wembley this season and at 33, Levy may be tempted to move the former Juventus striker on and refresh his forward line.

A club of Spurs’ stature will always be linked with bigger names, but Rondon could still be a smart appointment for the Londoners.

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Joe Hart should seek Birmingham return in a bid to make England comeback

The 31-year-old needs to find a route back into the England fold.

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Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart suffered the biggest disappointment of his career this week when he was left out of the 23-man England squad for this summer’s World Cup.

After a disappointing loan spell at West Ham United and with no future at his parent club, the former England number one should return to Birmingham City in order to rescue his career.

Hart spent the 2009/10 campaign at loan at St Andrews, resulting in a hugely successful season for both club and player.

The goalkeeper made 36 league appearances for Birmingham, only missing the matches against City which he was ineligible for. Hart was named the club’s Player of the Year and was nominated for the PFA Young Player of the Year, due to his excellent form in 2009/10.

In addition, the Blues finished an impressive ninth in the Premier League, enjoying a club-record 12-match unbeaten run and exceeding all expectations for the newly-promoted side.

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Now would be the ideal time for Hart and Birmingham City to be reunited, as manager Garry Monk is on the lookout for a new goalkeeper after telling David Stockdale he is free to leave the club this summer.

For Hart, it is clear he has no path forward at the Etihad after Ederson’s brilliant debut season in England.

Additionally, few, if any, Premier League clubs will be chasing Hart’s signature after an unconvincing season at the London Stadium which was characterised by his high-profile mistakes.

A return to St Andrew’s, where Hart gained his first taste of Premier League football almost a decade ago, would be a prudent career choice for the Englishman.

If Hart can establish himself as Birmingham’s starting goalkeeper and lead Garry Monk’s men to promotion, then a return to the England fray might not be out of the question for the 31-year-old.

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Tottenham’s Fernando Llorente would be the perfect addition for Crystal Palace

The Spaniard still has plenty to offer in the Premier League.

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Tottenham Hotspur striker Fernando Llorente is among five players expected to leave the Lilywhites this summer as manager Mauricio Pochettino prepares for a summer clear out.

According to The Mirror, Pochettino is ready to listen to offers for the likes of Toby Alderweireld, Moussa Dembele, Danny Rose and Moussa Sissoko.

The 33-year-old has undoubtedly struggled in his time since joining Spurs from Swansea City in 2017. The former Spain international has scored just one Premier League goal and five in 31 appearances, in all competitions, following the move.

Elsewhere in London, the incredible resurgence of Crystal Palace has been orchestrated by the outstanding Roy Hodgson, who has earned plaudits from all corners as his Eagles side finished the season sitting pretty in 11th in the Premier League table.

The former England manager was able to guide the London outfit to safety, despite the team sitting bottom of the league without a win and even a goal after seven games. Avoiding the drop was also achieved without the support of misfiring striker Christian Benteke.

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The Belgian’s miserable form could leave Hodgson searching for further attacking options in the summer and Llorente would prove the perfect addition at Selhurst Park.

The Spaniard was monumental in his first season in England for Welsh outfit Swansea, firing 15 league goals during his short spell in South Wales.

It could be a real coup for Palace if they play to Llorente’s strengths, and he could be the signing that gets the best out of Benteke, knowing there’s a direct replacement for him if he isn’t meeting the required standards.

The former Sevilla striker was limited to few opportunities under Pochettino, starting just one league game for Spurs. His next move must prioritise finding a manager who believes in his ability and suits the striker’s style of play.

Llorente’s prowess in the air is difficult to match and with Wilfred Zaha and Andros Townsend supplying the Spanish forward he could be a real goal threat next season.

At the age of 33, Palace would not have to break the bank to add an established attacking option. For a potential small fee, Hodgson should undoubtedly swoop.

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