Reports in Spain this week have suggested that Leeds United’s director of football Victor Orta is a wanted man in his native homeland. As reported by El Desmarquel the struggling La Liga side Deportivo La Coruna is considering bringing him in as their new director this summer.
The club look set to be relegated from the top-flight in Spain and that could spell wholesale changes in Galicia.
The Yorkshire Evening Post has since reported that the Spaniard is unlikely to leave West Yorkshire this summer.
However, it appears Deportivo have something of a secret weapon in tempting him. A report from El Gol Digital suggests that Orta will be tempted to return to the club by the appointment of a former colleague as manager.
Deportivo look set to sack Dutch legend Clarence Seedorf as their boss and bring in former Villarreal boss Fran Escriba to replace him.
Orta and Escriba have an excellent working relationship. The Leeds supremo was director of football at Elche when Escriba was their manager.
It was a good relationship between the pair. So much so, that when Orta left Elche under a cloud, he told Diario Informacion that working with Escriba was a joy. He described the coach as ‘the best’ he has worked with and would clearly relish the chance to do so yet again.
It appears that Orta is ready to stay at Leeds and continue the mission statement given to him by chairman Andrea Radrizzani. However, not many Leeds fans would mind if he did make a hasty exit from Elland Road.
Orta has been a rather unpopular figure at Leeds recently after the club’s failings in the league were attributed to his dealings in the transfer market.
In fact, during the recent defeat to Preston North End, travelling Leeds fans could be heard chanting ‘Orta out’ as they vented their dissatisfaction.
So if Orta did make a U-turn and decide to join former colleague Escriba at a new-look Deportivo, not many Leeds fans would shed a tear.