Less than four weeks of the summer transfer window remain, as Leeds United and their Premier League rivals look to secure their final reinforcements ahead of the new season.
Leeds have so far addressed the key left-back position, bringing in Junior Firpo, with Jack Harrison also completing a permanent move, while Kristoffer Klaesson has been bought in to replace the departed Kiko Casilla.
A trio of under-23s have also joined, in the shape of Amari Miller, Sean McGurk and Lewis Bate.
A central midfielder remains the next gap to fill. Here is a look at the latest gossip from across the web.
Terriers hold out for £10m for O’Brien
The Sun’s Alan Nixon has been tweeting about Leeds United’s reported interest in Lewis O’Brien again.
Asked for an update by a Leeds fan, Nixon replied that The Terriers ‘want big cash’ to sell their prize asset.
The journalist has already stated that the fee Huddersfield are looking for is £10m and that Leeds have only previously offered a cash plus player deal. There is no confirmation of this but many have speculated that the player might be Robbie Gotts, who Huddersfield manager Carlos Corberan knows well, as Gotts was captain of the Leeds U23s during Corberan’s last season as coach of the team before moving to Huddersfield.
If Nixon’s information turns out to be correct, it will take a cash only bid a lot closer to Huddersfield’s valuation to get them to the negotiating table.
Leeds linked with double swoop for Rangers pair
GiveMeSport have claimed that Leeds would like to raid Rangers for Ryan Kent – a player Marcelo Bielsa has admired for several seasons now – and Finnish star Glen Kamara.
Both players had stellar seasons as Rangers won the SPFL for the first time in 10 years. Kent was one of the main attacking forces in the team, finishing the season with 11 goals and 13 assists in all competitions. He played primarily on the left wing, but was also used as one two dual ‘10s’, given freedom to roam and create.
It’s known that Leeds would like to add another winger if possible, with Helder Costa and Ian Poveda clearly a level below Jack Harrison and Raphinha. Kent would certainly fit the brief of adding another genuinely quality option but Rangers would likely want a fee of well over £20m for their star man which may not be anywhere near where Leeds are willing to go to this summer.
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In the case of Kamara, the ex-Arsenal youngster would offer something that Leeds seem to be looking to add to their team. He is a dynamic central midfielder who thrives on breaking pressure with swerves and body feints before driving through the centre of the pitch at an exposed defensive line.
The 25-year-old had a very impressive Euros for Finland and looks more than capable of making a move to the Premier League and may feel that this is his time to make such a move. However, Rangers hold the cards as his contract runs to summer of 2023. It’s likely to take a fee in the region of £13-15m to interest the Glasgow club in a sale.
They have been strongly linked with Heerenveen’s Joey Veerman throughout the summer, so perhaps would need a sale to fund their own big transfer. However, it seems quite unlikely that Leeds would offer the kind of money it may take to pluck both players away from Steven Gerrard’s side, particularly as they still have a chance to make the Champions League group stage. Should they fail to qualify, perhaps a move for one of them could be more likely.
Brentford move for Leeds-linked Cajuste
According to the Athletic’s Jay Harris , Brentford have made a move for Swedish international midfielder, Jens-Lys Cajuste, owned by their sister club FC Midtjylland.
The 21-year-old midfielder had been linked to Leeds in Danish and Swedish media but it is unclear how serious any kind of approach might have been. With Matthew Benham owning both Brentford and Midtjylland, it looks highly likely that this deal will move quickly from here so if Cajuste is a player Leeds took a serious interest in, it looks like one Victor Orta has missed out on.
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