Leeds United reportedly saw a summer offer for Adama Traore turned down by Wolves in what would have proved to be a transfer record for the white shirt.
The Whites lost due to injuries and the absence of Covid this season. Their strength in depth has stretched to breaking point in recent weeks, with Marcelo Bielsa often having to play multiple superstars outside their positions at the same time.
And while Bielsa says Pascal Struic, Patrick Bamford and Rodrygo should all be available at West Ham, they still need new additions this month.
To this end, it is said Moving forward with a plan to buy a versatile Torino man who can play a variety of roles.
Despite this, Leeds are also looking to add more midfield and attacking power. Calvin Phillips’ injury felt severe and his return wasn’t scheduled until early March – still about six weeks away.
As for their attack, They are also reported to be seeking a deal for Lazio’s Vedat Muriqi.
However, there is one area she is blessed with and that is on the wings. In fact, Bielsa can call out superstar Ravenna as well as Jack Harrison and Danielle James. Young Dutchman Crysencio Summerville is another option from the bench.
James finally signed for Leeds during the summer in a £25.2m deal. It was the end of a protracted chase for Bielsa, who nearly signed him in January 2019.
Leeds moved to James when Manchester United brought on Cristiano Ronaldo and Jadon Sancho. However, it has now emerged that they also saw a massive bid to buy Traore turned down earlier in the summer.
Adama Traore rejected Leeds’ approach
Traore is a well known player for Leeds Football Director Victor Orta. In fact, the man who brought the Spain superstar to Middlesbrough was from Aston Villa.
He is said to still be an important player for Orta.
However, a move to Tottenham now appears likely for Traore. actually, Our exclusive revealed the four players that Tottenham are offering to Wolverhampton as part of the deal.
It would have been very different for Traore had Leeds’ offer been accepted.
Journalist Duncan Castles follows the road on Podcast transfer window.
“Leeds United tried to sign him last summer for a cash sum of over £30m. But Adama Traore was not interested in moving to Leeds. I would not speak to them, so this deal did not take place last summer,” Castles explained.
Leeds links to Vedat Muriki are accelerating
However, Leeds appears to be much happier in their pursuit of Muriqi.
Bielsa’s side I opened talks about a deal About 27 years old. Leeds want an initial loan deal with a purchase option of £8.6m.
Now, according to Corriere della Sera, Leeds is going ahead with this step. There is growing optimism that a deal will be struck soon.
The Kosovo striker has struggled since joining Lazio, scoring only two goals in 48 matches. He has come a long way in ranking their selection and Serie A is very open to his departure.
The forward’s transfer has been questioned by many Leeds fans, who are concerned about his form in Serie A.
However, by signing him with ‘Option to Buy’ Leeds will not at least put themselves in an awkward position in the future if the move does not pay dividends.
Muriki also has a solid record at international level with Kosovo, where he scored 18 goals in 37 appearances for his country.
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