The East Anglian Daily Times have claimed that Leeds United and Southampton were interested in signing Ipswich Town winger Armando Dobra this summer, before the teenager agreed a new deal with Ipswich on Wednesday.
Dobra, 19, is the latest talent to come out of Ipswich Town and has impressed in his first eight senior appearances – scoring against Championship side Luton Town in the Carabao Cup, and laying on three assists.
Leeds, Southampton and Serie A side Atalanta were all interested in the English-born Albania Under-19 international, with Brighton having two January bids rejected for Dobra – worth £500,000.
Up until Wednesday, Leeds wanted to lure Dobra to Elland Road but the young winger has decided to repay the faith shown in him by Ipswich, by signing a three-year contract at Portman Road until June 2023.
TBR’s view – Dobra should remain on Leeds shortlist, despite new deal
Ipswich manager Paul Lambert described Dobra, as per TWTD: “He’s a low centre of gravity guy and it was only a year ago that I saw him and brought him up to train with us, and I thought he was really good.
“He wasn’t frightened, he’s tenacious, he doesn’t have any respect for any big individual which is great. He plays the game with great freedom and his time will come, and it’ll be soon,” and such comments from Lambert should keep Leeds keen.
Indeed, the Whites signed Ian Poveda in January but he is yet to make any kind of impact. To have had a hand in four senior goals in his first eight games from out wide is a vastly impressive stat – and Leeds need to keep an eye on his growth.