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Signing Oli McBurnie and Jack Marriott would have Leeds United fans ecstatic

The pair have been in fine form for their respective clubs this season and Leeds are now being linked with a move.

Mathew Nash

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Leeds United have been heavily linked with a move for Swansea City striker Oli McBurnie this summer. The Scottish Sun reported today that the striker, who is from Leeds, will turn down a contract extension at the Liberty Stadium this summer. In doing so, he will be pushing for a move to his boyhood club as a free agent.

Leeds are also being linked with a striker from League One. Peterborough United, managed by former Leeds boss Steve Evans, will be fighting to keep hold of their star striker Jack Marriott this summer if they do not get promoted to the Championship.

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According to the Daily Mail, Leeds, Nottingham Forest and Sheffield Wednesday all want the Posh striker this summer, who is valued at £5 million.

Getting both players would be an absolute dream for Leeds United fans.

Firstly, there are the goals. McBurnie has been in fine form this season. He has scored eight goals in 13 games for Barnsley since joining the club on loan under current Leeds boss Paul Heckingbottom in January. Add that to his time with Swansea’s under-23s and first team this season, McBurnie has an impressive record of 18 goals in 32 games this season.

Marriott is the top-scorer in the Football League, with 32 goals from 54 games. A combined tally of 50 goals from 86 matches is certainly a record to get excited about.

Then there is the dream of Leeds fielding a traditional strikeforce again. It would certainly be a throwback to see the 6ft 2ins big man in McBurnie with the 5ft 8ins Marriott buzzing around him.

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The fact that both are Yorkshire lads will also be a big draw to Leeds fans, with McBurnie from the city and Marriott from the East Riding town of Beverley – even if he did move to Northampton at a young age.

But two British goalscoring strikers leading the line at Leeds again would be a fantastic sight for fans at Elland Road and something to really get behind.

However, with Victor Orta in charge of recruitment, not many Leeds fans will believe such an eventuality is genuinely possible.

Sports journalist based in Bristol. Previously spent five years writing for HITC Sport. Everton fan for my sins.

Brentford

One winner and one loser as Florian Jozefzoon chooses Derby over Leeds

The 27-year-old looks set to sign for the Rams.

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When Brentford confirmed on Wednesday that the club had accepted a bid for attacker Florian Jozefzoon, it seemed Derby County were the frontrunners.

However, reports of a Leeds United bid added to the transfer drama, before Jozefzoon eventually chose the Rams over Elland Road, according to the Yorkshire Evening Post.

The reported decision would come as a severe blow to Marcelo Bielsa and Leeds United, as the club would miss out on yet another transfer target this summer.

However, Frank Lampard and Derby County will be delighted at another transfer coup, as the allure of the England legend is proving to be a great way of attracting players to Pride Park.

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Loser: Leeds fans

Although there are still a number of weeks left in the window, Leeds supporters are right to be worried about the lack of permanent signings.

So far, the club have made just two loan agreements with Lewis Baker and Jamal Blackman of Chelsea. While the two are certainly smart acquisitions, they are not of the quality that will fire Leeds to promotion.

There is still no need to panic, as Marcelo Bielsa will surely attract some top talent as well— but to see their direct Championship rivals beat them to Jozefzoon will be worrying.

Winner: Frank Lampard

The Chelsea legend has done it again. After securing the double loan swoop of promising youngsters Harry Wilson and Mason Mount, Lampard looks set to acquire the services of the former Dutch Under-21 international.

In his first transfer window as a manager, Lampard has done well to convince key targets to join his project at Pride Park, a valuable skill that will serve him well in his coaching career.

Derby now look set to mount a serous promotion challenge; Leeds will have to strengthen further to be able to say the same.

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Aston Villa

Keeping Henri Lansbury could be blessing in disguise for Aston Villa

Aston Villa cannot find a buyer for the midfield maestro.

Mathew Nash

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Aston Villa’s financial troubles this summer seem to have them ready to sell some of their high-earners and more valuable assets.

The Mirror report today that midfielders Mile Jedinak and Birkir Bjarnason could be out the door this summer, with Jack Grealish currently in talks with Tottenham Hotspur.

However, the same report suggests Henri Lansbury will be sticking around.

However, it does not seem that Aston Villa want to keep him.

The report claims they will only be keeping the £2.7 million midfielder because nobody is willing to pay up to sign the player or take on his £40k-a-week wages.

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It is certainly no surprise to hear that Aston Villa want to offload Lansbury. He struggled to play a part in Steve Bruce’s plans after joining from Nottingham Forest.

Last season he played just 10 times for the club and has struggled since arriving at Villa Park.

But fans of Aston Villa must remember just how impressive a player Lansbury has been in the Championship.

In the 2015-16 season, there was a case to say that the then-Forest midfielder was the best in the division. In fact, many neutrals would have suggested that Lansbury was the Championship’s best midfielder just two years ago.

It could be that keeping Lansbury will be a blessing in disguise for Aston Villa. If he can find his Forest form, then he will be like a new signing for the club.

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Leeds United

Leeds United round-up: Heckingbottom on Bielsa backing, Jozefzoon miss and Diagne wages

All the latest news and gossip from Leeds United.

Mathew Nash

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Heckingbottom speaks  

Former boss Paul Heckingbottom has spoken publicly for the first time since departing Leeds United in June. He was let go at the start of June after failing to turnaround Leeds results significantly in a four-month spell.

He told talkSPORT that he suffered from a ‘change of direction’ from the club.

He was replaced by Marcelo Bielsa this summer and hopes the Argentine will get the backing he deserves at the club.


“He should be saying the same things I was saying and hopefully he gets the backing and the support to make changes and give the fans there what they’re crying out for.”


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Jozefzoon to Derby

Leeds United will not be signing Florian Jozefzoon this summer. The Dutchman has been linked with a move to Elland Road this summer. Yesterday, it was reported a deal had been agreed between his current club Brentford and an unnamed Championship side.

That team is not Leeds, but Derby County.

As reported by the Yorkshire Evening Post, the winger is set to join the Rams for a fee in the region of £2.75 million, despite Leeds showing late interest.

Diagne wage trouble

Leeds have been linked with a move for Kasimpasa striker Mbaye Diagne this week. However, a report today suggests a stumbling block.

Turkish Football suggest he will cost around £3.6 million but that Leeds will struggle to afford his wages as talks get advanced.

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