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Three ins and outs Leeds could complete this week

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Despite starting the season in style with a 3-1 victory over title favourites Stoke City, Leeds United are expected to remain active in the transfer market. Marcelo Bielsa is keen to replace Ronaldo Vieira after he left the club for Sampdoria and others could join.

Patrick Bamford has been the marquee signing to date this summer as a £10 million arrival from Middlesbrough but failed to make it off the bench at Elland Road on Sunday.

Here are the three men who could be on their way to Yorkshire before deadline day comes to a close:

George Saville – Millwall

The Daily Mail say that the Northern Irish international is being targeted by Leeds and Aston Villa, with the Whites potentially seeing him as a replacement for Vieira. Millwall signed the central midfielder from Wolves for just £350,000 last summer and are unlikely to be keen to allow him to leave.

If Saville is on the move, it may take a big bid to land him, particularly if Villa enter into a bidding war, but a midfielder is clearly high on Bielsa’s wish list.

Lukas Nmecha – Manchester City

A striker could also join as The Sun say that the good relationship between Bielsa and Pep Guardiola could see a transfer come to fruition. That may be the case with 19-year-old Lukas Nmecha, who may join on loan to get invaluable first team experience after making his debut for the Citizens against West Ham in April.

The England under 21 international scored 19 goals in 14 games for City’s under 23 team last season and could bring his prolific powers to Leeds if he does complete a loan switch as expected.

Ryan Woods – Brentford

Leeds Live say that Woods is a target for Leeds and he was left out of Brentford’s squad who beat Rotherham this weekend as his future remains uncertain. A proven midfielder in the same mould of Saville, he may be an alternative and could even be first choice in the hunt for a midfielder.

“Usually I express my point of view on a decision when it’s taken. I’m not sure if another player will come in for Ronaldo or not. ?What makes the situation more complicated is that Adam [Forshaw] will be out for six to eight weeks, so we have to think about it.?”

Bielsa hinted that he wants an addition.

Bielsa clearly wants to strengthen in the position and the former Shrewsbury man has developed a fine reputation after his dominant displays over the past two years, though a deal is not thought to be close yet.

Sam is a football journalist focusing on English football at all levels and Spanish football. He also writes for Spain's biggest daily sports newspaper, MARCA, as well as The Boot Room. Find Sam on Twitter at @samleveridge.

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Leeds United round-up: Hosseini snub, Maddison not happening and Bamford hopes

A selection of the latest news and gossip from Leeds United.

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Hosseini said no

Leeds United wanted Majid Hosseini this summer, according to reports in Turkey. Gazete Damga report that Marcelo Bielsa wanted to sign the Iranian from Esteghal this summer.

However, that deal never happened. The Iranian international, who played at the World Cup this summer, snubbed Leeds as he had already made a verbal promise to Trabzonspor regarding a move to Turkey.

It is the second Iranian linked with Leeds this week, following reports Leeds are tracking Morteza Pouraliganji.

Maddison unlikely

Leeds United are unlikely to go for Peterborough United playmaker Marcus Maddison this month.

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The Posh midfielder has long been linked with Leeds and there have been suggestions the Whites might swoop with a loan-to-buy offer this month.

However, Yorkshire Evening Post journalist Phil Hay doubts such a move is or ever was in the pipeline.

Bamford hopes

New Leeds striker Patrick Bamford believes the ‘sky is the limit’ under the management of Marcelo Bielsa at Elland Road.

The £7 million summer signing from Middlesbrough was speaking to The Yorkshire Post today about his hopes at his new club.

Bamford believes Leeds have the chance for plenty of success with their new manager.

The striker scored his first goal for the club in the League Cup win v Bolton Wanderers this week.

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Leeds United must loan Yosuke Ideguchi to English club to get the best out of Japan international

The Japan international could be sent out on loan again this month.

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In January, Leeds United secured the signature of Japan international Yosuke Ideguchi. The central midfielder arrived from Gamba Osaka for a reported fee in the region of £500,000. However, he did not stick around at Leeds for long.

He was sent out on loan to Cultural Leonesa in Spain. Something of a sister squad because of their links to Leeds director Ivan Bravo it was felt the Japan international was better off in Spain’s second tier.

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That did not prove to be the case. Ideguchi struggled for regular football in Spain and his loan club were relegated from the second tier. It meant Ideguchi missed out on a place in the Japan squad for the World Cup this summer.

This season, it appears first-team football will again be hard to come by at Elland Road. Marcelo Bielsa has even suggested a loan deal might be in Ideguchi’s future.

But if that is the case, Leeds must keep him in England.


“We haven’t made a decision yet. By the end of August the club will take the best decision for the player.”

– Marcelo Bielsa on Ideguchi’s future


There will be plenty of Championship and League One teams after a player of Ideguchi’s quality before the end of the month.

The 21-year-old needs to start learning how to play the game in England. It is a tough task transitioning from football in the J-League to the Championship, but having him play in Spain again will do little to teach him the ropes.

Leeds must find a team in the UK to take Ideguchi on board. Then he will be on the track to a shot at Leeds in the near future.

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Jack Grealish valuation must make Leeds United wonder about Samuel Saiz

The Leeds United playmaker has been in fine form this season.

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Leeds United are through to the next round of the League Cup, after beating Championship rivals Bolton Wanderers last night. The Whites, who are thriving under new manager Marcelo Bielsa, won 2-1, with goals from new signing Patrick Bamford and Spanish magician Samuel Saiz.

The latter once again put in a fantastic performance. The Spaniard has become a cult hero at Leeds and with performances like this it is easy to see why.  

Of course such form will not go unnoticed. Saiz put in excellent displays last season, before a six-game suspension for spitting threw him off kilter.

Such form saw him become the subject of transfer interest back in his homeland this summer. Fichajes reported that Valencia, Huesca and Getafe were all keen on the player. A bid of £8 million was even reported to have been made, but was swiftly rejected by the Whites.

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Leeds fans will no doubt fear such interest, but will also wonder just how much he is worth. When considering Aston Villa wanted a reported £35 million for Jack Grealish, a player many Leeds fans would suggest is inferior, then £8 million does not even come close.

The real hope will be Saiz can keep up the form for an entire season. If he can do that, Leeds might be looking at promotion, which will make the thought of selling him seem ridiculous.

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