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Will Ezri Konsa arrival give Leeds United a better chance of signing John Egan?

Leeds United are keen on the signature of Irish defender Egan from Brentford.

Mathew Nash

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Leeds United are on the hunt for a new centre-back this summer. The Whites need to improve the area, with a new partner needed to play alongside Pontus Jansson. Liam Cooper struggled last season whilst loan signing Matthew Pennington struggled to stay fit. In the end, Leeds had the likes of Paudie O’Connor and Conor Shaughnessy playing ahead of their time.

Whilst the Swansea City defender Kyle Bartley appears to be the number one target the YEP reported this week that Brentford captain John Egan is also on the list.

The 25-year-old Republic of Ireland international has been a revelation at Griffin Park since his move from Gillingham in 2014. Now a respected Championship defender, it is no surprise to see Leeds reportedly keen on his services.

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A transfer today might have just made getting Egan a little bit easier.

Brentford have beaten off plenty of competition to snap up the young defender Ezri Konsa from Charlton Athletic. He leaves former Leeds midfielder Lee Bowyer, current assistant and recent caretaker manager at the Valley, for a new home at Griffin Park.

The England under-21 defender will now hope to go straight into the Brentford first-team and could easily slot alongside Chris Mepham or Andreas Bjelland at the back for the Bees.

Whilst Brentford will want to keep Egan as well, the presence of Konsa should give Leeds a far better chance of getting hold of their man should they make a move this summer.

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Leeds United should plot loan-move for Peru winger Andre Carrillo

The World Cup forward would be a serious coup at Leeds.

Jamie Watts

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Leeds United are looking to build a successful model to carry the club forward in their search of loftier ambitions in the near future, and quality summer recruitment will be top priority for new coach Marcelo Bielsa.

Reports emerged this week claiming the Argentine boss is looking to land Hull City’s highly-rated goalscorer Abel Hernandez (the Mirror 20/06/18), which suggests the club are looking to lay down a serious marker at Elland Road. And they should seriously consider encoring their current pursuit, with a move for Peru winger Andre Carrillo.

Bielsa’s South American links could pay dividends in the chase for the 27-year-old, who has previously been included in reports by The Times suggesting he could follow Marco Silva to Everton, and Leeds shouldn’t be deterred by the level of competition for his signature.

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United clearly need reinforcements for the right-wing next term, as Hadi Sackho and Pawel Cibicki have both been underwhelming in recent times, and Egzjan Alioski needs competition for the role, which Carrillo would undoubtedly bring – having just been eliminated from the World Cup with Peru.

However, any move would have to be a temporary one, as the player’s current market value is said to be around £17 million (€20m), according to the Hertfordshire Mercury, and the Whites don’t have the financial muscle to make a permanent offer to Benfica at the moment.

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Leeds United should use Tottenham link to bring in Josh Onomah

The Tottenham youngster struggled at Aston Villa but could thrive at Leeds United.

Mathew Nash

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It is looking like an exciting time to be a Leeds United fan. The West Yorkshire club have recently appointed one of world football’s most respected managers in Marcelo Bielsa and now it is time for, hopefully, some exciting player recruitment.

One avenue which will have Leeds fans on tenterhooks is the club’s apparent new links with Tottenham Hotspur. As reported by the Yorkshire Evening Post, Bielsa and Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino are close which could see some Spurs players heading to Elland Road on loan. Indeed, Argentine defender Juan Foyth is already a rumoured target.

But could a man who failed to convince at a Championship rival be a shrewd recruit for Leeds?

Josh Onomah spent last season on loan at Aston Villa. He came into the season on a wave of expectation, after being one of the star performers in England’s under-20 World Cup triumph.

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But his time at Villa Park was mixed. Some good performances were intertwined with others that left the Villa faithful unconvinced.

That should not put Leeds off, and Onomah could be exactly what they need in central midfield. The rangey box-to-box maestro is technically gifted and physically imposing – when he has his head in the game.

Leeds need to improve the centre of the park, with Eunan O’Kane, Kalvin Phillips, Adam Forshaw and Ronaldo Vieira all having below par campaigns in 2017-18.

If Onomah is available for loan again this summer, then Leeds should use their new-found friendship to bring him in.

Then the 21-year-old can show Aston Villa just exactly what he is capable of.

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Leeds move for Abel Hernandez would lay down marker, could coax further signings

Leeds United are reportedly looking to land the clinical forward.

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Leeds United are reportedly encoring previous interest with an audacious move for Hull City striker Abel Hernandez, according to reports from the Mirror (20/06/18) and are hoping a deal can be thrashed out over the coming days.

Marcelo Bielsa is likely to sign off on negotiations dating weeks back, with the Championship outfit confident of securing the player’s signature, despite interest from the likes of the recently promoted Cardiff and Serie A outfit Cagliari.

And the deal would lay down a serious marker at Elland Road, and could act as a catalyst for further business this summer.

The club have revived hope among fans with the shrewd appointment of Bielsa, and bringing in a proven goal-scorer – with eight goals and two assists in 10 appearances last season – would really show intent to go above and beyond next term.

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The 27-year-old’s presence at the club would turn the heads of players and agents alike, to see that the prospect of joining Leeds is an attractive one. It suggests a project is underway, and top quality players often need to see ambition to get on-board with moves to so called ‘lesser competitions’.

Not only that but football has become a business nowadays, and the reported wages offered to the Uruguayan international will also garner attention from players.

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