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Reputable journalist Alan Nixon has tweeted that Leeds United are still in the hunt for Derby County’s Matej Vydra as they hunt a Premier League spot under Marcelo Bielsa.
Nixon claims that although Leeds are in the hunt, the two clubs are still some way apart on their valuation of the player. Finance will play a part, it was suggested that Leeds couldn’t afford both Vydra and Abel Hernandez.
Vydra scored 21 times for Derby County last season as they finished in the top six, but couldn’t find the goals to defeat Fulham over a two-legged semi-final. In his two seasons prior to that he scored just eight league goals in total.
He has one year left to run of a four-year deal, signed after moving from Watford for around £8m. He scored 16 goals in their Championship winning season, highlighting his ability in the second tier.
The 26-year old Czech could be sold by Frank Lampard to fund his own rebuilding as he attempts to find a way up into the top flight also.
Hernandez or Vydra? Really? One scored 21 goals last season and made his team tick, the other has hit 12 in two seasons. If Vydra is within budget, Leeds should sign him. They need goals and they need confirmation that Bielsa’s arrival heralds a new era. Buying Vydra would do just that.Read More
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Leeds United are considering offering a new and improved contract to 20-year-old centre-back Paudie O’Connor.
The Irishman joined Leeds from Limerick last year and made his mark in the first team towards the end of the season, when several youngsters got their opportunities to impress.
Making his debut against Sunderland in April, the defender went onto make four appearances in the Championship for Leeds towards the end of the 2017/18 campaign.
Observers were left impressed by his calm performances at the back and the defender is expected to be part of the first team squad once pre-season training begins later this month.
And according to Yorkshire Evening Post, Leeds are already planning to offer him a new and improved deal in line with his performances and development.
Negotiations are at nascent stage and a few more rounds of discussions are expected to take place in the coming days and weeks before he signs on the dotted line.
But O’Connor is in line to receive a fresh deal at Elland Road.
The young defender will be looking to catch the eye of new head coach Marcelo Bielsa once pre-season training begins later this month.
Wolves took advantage of Sporting Lisbon’s troubles to sign Portugal goalkeeper Rui Patricio this week.
The move is quite a coup, with Wolves instantly upgrading the position and making a real statement of intent.
So does this let Leeds United off the hook, regarding Wolves’ reported interest in young stopper Bailey Peacock-Farrell?
Alan Nixon in The Sun on Sunday reported (June 10th, page 60) that Wolves were plotting a £4 million offer for the promising Leeds goalkeeper.
Peacock-Farrell broke through as number one last season under Paul Heckingbottom, but his status at Leeds next season remains unclear with new manager Marcelo Bielsa expected to bring in a new goalkeeper after sending Felix Wiedwald packing back to Germany.
Wolves’ intent over Peacock-Farrell will be determined by what they decide to do with John Ruddy.
Ruddy is unlucky to have been replaced by Rui Patricio and there will be a strong market for a goalkeeper who has now won promotion three times and is still just 31.
Wolves have an opportunity to cash in, but will also need a replacement, a back-up for Rui Patricio.
This is where their interest in Peacock-Farrell could re-emerge, and perhaps it is better to have a young up and coming goalkeeper as number two, instead of a veteran who still believes he should be number one.
Leeds would not let the youngster leave easily, although they should consider trying to take Ruddy as part of any move.
Peacock-Farrell’s best option to develop will be to play rather than being back-up. His intent will be influenced by Leeds’ plans for him next season.
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Leeds United transfer news LIVE: Carpi increasingly desperate over Jerry Mbakogu deal plus Kinnear on Bielsa
Follow all the latest developments from Elland Road and beyond as they happenRead More
Leeds United underwhelmed last season in the Sky Bet Championship, with the Whites finishing 13th, way short of where many at Elland Road were expecting.
Thomas Christiansen and Paul Heckingbottom failed to mount a serious push for the play-offs last season, with another managerial change take place this summer at LS11.
Marcelo Bielsa has been appointed on a two-year deal, with many expecting the 62-year-old to shake things up this summer.
Bielsa will want to add some serious quality to the squad he is inheriting, in a bid to get Leeds challenging at the right end of the table.
Others will be moved on, whilst some will be given a chance to impress their new head-coach ahead of the 2018/19 campaign.
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Further discussions are needed between Leeds United and Paudie O’Connor, although a new contract is in the pipeline for the young defender.
It has emerged that Leeds are looking to tie O’Connor down to fresh terms, after the centre-back made an impressive impact towards the end of last season under Paul Heckingbottom.
Phil Hay from the Yorkshire Evening Post has provided an update, confirming that there is a deal for the 20-year-old in the pipeline, but further discussions are needed before anything is complete.
one is in the pipeline but needs more discussion
— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) June 20, 2018
Leeds moved to sign O’Connor from Limerick, with the centre-back arriving in 2017.
After impressing in Leeds’ youth set-up, Heckingbottom slowly brought O’Connor into the first-team fold last season, handing him a debut against Sunderland in early April.
O’Connor went on to make four senior appearances for Leeds last season, also featuring against Preston North End, Aston Villa and Barnsley, as Heckingbottom’s options at centre-back were stretched due to injury and suspension.
The defender will be looking to work his way into Marcelo Bielsa’s first-team plans next season, after it was announced that the 62-year-old was taking charge at Elland Road on a two-year deal.
O’Connor did exceptionally well last season stepping up into Leeds’ first-team, with the defender’s impact promising.
There’s every chance we could be seeing more of the 20-year-old in the coming years, particularly if Leeds can get him tied down to fresh terms.
Whilst adding to Bielsa’s squad is going to be important this summer, keeping the likes of O’Connor on board is also going to be key.
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Leeds United are looking to negotiate down the fee with Serie B side Carpi for striker Jerry Mbakogu, it has been claimed.
The Yorkshire giants have an agreement in place to sign the attacker from Carpi for a transfer fee of £3m, which they must activate by the end of the month.
The deal was in place before they appointed Marcelo Bielsa as their new head coach and there are suggestions that the Argentine is eyeing other targets, with Derby County forward Matej Vydra believed to be an option.
Carpi have been hopeful that Leeds will eventually active the deal and it has been claimed that the club are still interested in signing Mbakogu, but are looking to renegotiate the terms.
According to Resto del Carlino, Leeds are in talks with the Serie B outfit and are keen to renegotiate the transfer fee in order to fork out a smaller sum for the striker.
Leeds remain interested in Mbakogu and are still keen to get the deal over the line before the end of the month, but want to complete the transfer for a lower fee.
It remains to be seen whether Carpi are willing to play ball with Leeds and sell the player for anything less than the figure of £3m.
With Bielsa eyeing other players, it seems Leeds are keen to sign Mbakogu for a lower fee in order to keep their powder dry for other targets.
Leeds United are waiting on signings this summer, now, after getting their man managerial-wise with Marcelo Bielsa arriving last week.
A drawn-out and, at times, tense process, the Whites finally sealed a deal for the Argentine to become their new boss.
Transfers, then, now have to be on the agenda and supporters will hope that the turnaround in player recruitment will be quicker than that of their new gaffer.
As yet, though, the club has not signed anyone and fans can only continue to speculate or, in this latest piece, hope that some big deals are in the pipeline.
Indeed, after Jack Wilshere announced yesterday that he is to leave Arsenal this summer, Whites fans were quick to take to Twitter to discuss whether they’d like him to arrive at Elland Road – regardless of how realistic that may actually be.
Let’s take a look at what was said, then…
— Macedonian Messi (@AlioskiLUFC) June 20, 2018
— Cal Tolson (@CallumTolson) June 20, 2018
— Andy Smith (@Mr_Smiff74) June 19, 2018
— Gaz Jones (@Gaz_jones) June 19, 2018
— Liam Smith (@DaretoGiGGS) June 19, 2018
— Tony (@Tonylufc28) June 19, 2018
— Catling22 (@catling10) June 19, 2018
Wilshere and Toure both off to Leeds to work with Bielsa
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Leeds United’s summer exodus is set to continue, with plenty of names linked with a move away from Elland Road.
Yesterday, Felix Wiedwald became the first high-profile name to depart Elland Road this summer, with the goalkeeper ending a difficult spell in the Sky Bet Championship by securing a return to Germany.
The Yorkshire Evening Post have also confirmed that there is interest in Marcus Antonsson and Tyler Denton from Brescia, but according to Phil Hay, whilst a deal for Antonsson looks very possible, Denton is likely to seek a domestic move in the transfer window.
Antonsson to Brescia very possible. They want Denton but he’s more likely to seek something in England. Interest in Cibicki. Anita, Lonergan among the others who are likely to leave.
— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) June 20, 2018
That duo are not the only Leeds players attracting interest, with Pawel Cibicki also on the radar of unnamed clubs.
Added to that, Leeds are keen to move out a number of fringe players this summer, with Hay reporting that Vurnon Anita and Andy Lonergan are two others the Whites are looking to move on.
Last season, Leeds finished a disappointing 13th in the Championship.
Marcelo Bielsa has since been appointed at Elland Road on a two-year contract, with the 62-year-old set to take charge of the Whites’ return to pre-season training next week.
Bielsa might not have even arrived in England, but you can already see that he is having an influence of who stays and who goes at Leeds.
Of course, changes were expected to be made to the playing squad at Elland Road after a difficult year, but big changes look like they will be made under Bielsa.
There seems to be a lot of players heading for the exit door, with this update further evidence of that.
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According to claim in the Cagliari press, Carpi will today hope to complete the signing of Federico Melchiorri, but first they need to sell Jerry Mbakogu to Leeds United.
Yesterday we covered reports from Italy that Carpi want to redeem Melchiorri after his loan spell with them last season, and it’s been made clear they need the Mbakogu deal sorting out.
Cagliari News 24 have reported on the latest developments regarding the futures of Melchiorri and Mbakogu. The Italian media outlet report Carpi have hurried negotiations with Leeds United in the hope they can get the funds in before their clause to make Melchiorri’s move permanent expires today.
Carpi are looking to purchase Melchiorri from Caligari for €1.3m, and would fund that by selling Mbakogu to Leeds United for €3.5m
It’s claimed Melchiorri is keen to remain with Carpi, and it seems everything is now dependent on Leeds United.
With Marcelo Bielsa taking over at Leeds United it puts any agreement to sign Mbakogu into question, and Leeds will surely have to give Carpi the bad, or good, news soon.
Senegal picked up a massive win at the World Cup yesterday, defeating Poland 2-1. An own goal from Thiago Cionek and a finish from Mbaye Niang proved enough for the Lions of Teranga to take all three points.
As is customary at a World Cup, a few relative unknowns also shone in the game. Winger Ismaila Sarr caught the eye with his impressive pace but the standout performer was defender Moussa Wague.
The right-back, who can also play on the left, was imperious at the back. He nullified the threat from Poland’s left-hand side and, when tasked with stopping a drifting Robert Lewandowski, he did so with relative ease. Considering the KAS Eupen full-back is only 19-years-old, it was an excellent performance on the biggest stage.
It is also a performance that should have Leeds United interested.
Leeds need to strengthen their defensive position this summer. At both full-back and centre-back they have looked weak for the past 12 months and new recruits are needed. Wague, who looked more than capable of also operating at centre-back, could be exactly what Leeds need.
The West Yorkshire side would also have an advantage if they did try and sign the teenage star. Wague came through the ranks at the Aspire Academy, who Leeds have a link with via director of football Victor Orta and director Ivan Bravo.
Wague is currently with Belgian side Eupen, who like Spanish outfit Cultural Leonesa, is a sister club of Leeds through the Aspire link.
Leeds, therefore, have a perfect opportunity to use their links to bring in one of the most exciting defensive talents from the World Cup so far.
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Championship transfer news as Derby County want ex-Chelsea star and Liverpool ace, Leeds look at former La Liga man
Derby want former Chelsea star
New Derby County manager Frank Lampard would be foolish to not tap into his contacts at the club and his relationship with former players as he tries to improve the Rams’ squad.
And according to SportBild that’s exactly what he’s trying to do with the signing of ex-Blues team-mate Salomon Kalou.
Lampard has already been linked with a move for John Terry and now he’s being linked with a move for Hertha Berlin player Kalou, who spent six years alongside Lampard at Stamford Bridge.
Kalou has become a fans’ favourite in Germany after four years at Hertha and is under contract for two more years, however the report suggests Hertha would sell for the right price from Derby.
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The 21-year-old, who had previously been on loan at Wolverhampton Wanderers and Wigan Athletic, moved to Fulham last season despite Derby’s interest.
Ojo played 24 times for the Cottagers as they won promotion to the Premier League, scoring four goals in an impressive spell. Derby would like to get their hands on the player, but he’s already got a growing list of potential suitors with Stoke City, Aston Villa and Birmingham City all having shown an interest.
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One name currently on Bruce’s radar is Huddersfield Town defender Michael Hefele, according to The Mirror .
The 27-year-old played a big part in helping the Terriers win promotion to the Premier League in the 2016/17 season, but found chances hard to come by in the top-flight last year.
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Birmingham City goalkeeper David Stockdale has taken to social media to “set the record straight” about how much he earns.
The 32-year-old was involved in a dispute on Twitter with a Leeds United fan amid the reports that he could join the Elland Road club.
Stockdale has been told he can leave this summer and Leeds are interested in signing him, although at this stage BirminghamLive understands that the Whites have tabled a bid but that it remains short of what Blues are looking to receive.
In tweets that have now been deleted, a Leeds fan page is said to have questioned Stockdale’s pay and potential wage demands – and quoted a figure of £40,000 a week.
But the stopper hit back and firmly rejected that claim.
He said: “I can 100% set the record straight I’m not on 40k a week”.
Stockdale, referring to rumours about his weekly wage, added: “Laughable what’s stated!”
Blues will sanction a move for Stockdale ahead of next season providing their valuation is met as manager Garry Monk looks to push through an overhaul of the goalkeeping department.
Stockdale kept six Championship clean sheets in 34 games last season and has two years remaining on his contract.
His back-up, Tomasz Kuszczak, has also been told he can leave after three years at St Andrew’s.
The 36-year-old former Poland international made 12 appearances last term and kept four clean sheets.
Highly thought of rookie Connal Trueman, who appeared on the bench for the first team several time last season, will be hoping for more opportunities next term.
Meanwhile, Blues have been linked with a move for former England goalkeeper Rob Green.
HITC say Blues are ‘weighing up’ making an offer to the 38-year-old free agent.
Green, who spent last season as back-up at Huddersfield, was released at the end of the campaign having been behind Jonas Lossl and Joel Coleman and without making an appearance.
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It is no secret that Marcelo Bielsa has mentored some of today’s best coaches, with Pep Guardiola and Mauricio Pochettino both being students who have excelled in management under his guidance.
Now at Manchester City, Guardiola has this year guided them to the pinnacle of English football by winning the Premier League title as well as a successful stint in the Champions League.
The former Barcelona boss was keen to experiment with his squad including both senior and youth players in the starting XI – but not all of the younger members of the squad that were included in the first team last year will necessarily be guaranteed a permanent role for the upcoming season.
Leeds head coach Bielsa’s close relationship with Guardiola could allow the Yorkshiremen to profit from this and bring in some of the underutilised, but talented players in the City side that aren’t being given a consistent opportunity – but who would be the best fit for Marcelo Bielsa’s new-look Leeds United?
Leeds United’s goalkeeping situation has been precarious to say the least after the antics of Felix Wiedwald and Andy Lonergan last season, with only confident academy product Bailey Peacock-Farrell showing any signs of quality between the sticks.
Although Lonergan only made a few blunders, Wiedwald’s errors were high profile and visibly affected the morale of his teammates during games last year and this was certainly a factor in the Whites’ downward spiral towards the end of the season.
The Elland Road faithful will have been happy to see confirmation that German side Eintracht Frankfurt have acquired the 28-year-old off Leeds’ books, leaving a vacant goalkeeping spot in the squad for the upcoming season.
— Leeds United (@LUFC) June 19, 2018
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Sweden’s World Cup defender Pontus Jansson told FotbollSkanalen that Leeds United owner Andrea Radrizzani called him after helping his country to beat South Korea 1-0 on Monday.
Jansson, 27, earned his 16th cap for Sweden as they made the perfect start against South Korea with a polished, well-organised display. Centre-back partner Andreas Granqvist scored the all-important goal from the penalty spot.
The former Torino and Malmo defender was a late inclusion in the starting line-up, after Manchester United centre-back Victor Lindelof missed out due to illness – with a bug going around the Sweden camp.
Following his rock-solid display, Jansson told Swedish press that his club’s owner Radrizzani spoke to him on the phone to tell the defender of his pride – and Jansson also joked that his display increased his price tag.
“He praised me and was proud of my efforts yesterday,” Jansson said, when quizzed about the call. “That I did good and showed myself. He said I was the only one from Leeds who is in the World Cup and he was proud and happy about it.
Asked if his value had surged: “Ha ha, yes maybe that. He [Radrizzani] understands that I am here and that I focus on this and he shows respect for that.”
Jansson earned his place in the Sweden side despite an tumultuous season in which Leeds went from automatic promotion challengers to 13th place come May.
Following the World Cup, Jansson will be afforded a break before meeting up with new manager Marcelo Bielsa, who has worked with Argentina, Chile, Lazio, Marseille and Athletic Bilbao during his illustrious career.
It remains to be seen if Leeds can keep a hold of Jansson, with Premier League clubs being repeatedly linked in the 6ft 4in colossus.
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'He'll be Germany's No1 next year knowing our luck!' Leeds United fans react to Felix Wiedwald departure
It’s all over for Felix Wiedwald at Elland Road.
The 28-year-old has left Leeds on a permanent deal after he made 30 appearances for the club last season in an error-strewn first campaign in English football.
Wiedwald was dropped twice by the club last season, under both Thomas Christiansen and Paul Heckingbottom, with final performance coming in the 3-0 defeat to Middlesbrough in March.
Bailey Peacock-Farrell was drafted into the side for the next game against Wolves and kept the shirt for the rest of the season after making a series of excellent displays.
Wiedwald arrived at Elland Road last summer when he signed a three-year deal after joining from Werder Bremen on an undisclosed fee.
So long, Felix
He became a boo-boy for the Elland Road crowd in his final appearances last season and it’s fair to say Leeds fans haven’t been losing too much sleep after finding out about his departure.
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If Felix Wiedwald’s Leeds United career can be summed up in one photo then it is the picture above.
Wiedwald was moved on by Leeds yesterday with the Whites pushing him through the exit door towards Eintracht Frankfurt
It came in one of Leeds’ two defeats to Cardiff City, in the club’s defeat in Wales back in September.
On this occasion it saw Wiedwald collide with Leeds’ star defender Pontus Jansson, a defender whose role as star man waned as the campaign went on.
Much of Jansson’s troubles can be attributed to shaky performances of those around him, with Wiedwald failing to inspire any confidence and becoming a liability.
These pictures show Jansson and Wiedwald’s failure to communcate effectively, with the Swede left on the deck.
On this occasion Wiedwald actually escaped without conceding a goal. On others he was not so lucky.
The German made five errors directly leading to goals, and it could have been more if he was not dropped late in the season.
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Mateusz Klich was the first signing under then head coach Thomas Christiansen for Leeds United. However, it was claimed that Klich came to Leeds under the recommendation of Garry Monk, who liked him when he played in Germany for Kaiserslautern. This became evident pretty early on, as Christiansen basically refused to play him.
Under Thomas Christiansen Klich never got enough time to really show his abilities. His only start was against Cardiff City, and his slip led to a Cardiff break and opening goal. This led Thomas Christiansen to make up his mind about Klich, as after that start Mateusz saw only 21 minutes of Championship football. Those 21 came 15 matches after the Cardiff game; that stretch of time saw him named to the bench only twice. January came around, and all signs pointed in a quick exit from Elland Road, which ultimately ended up happening. However, instead of being sold off Klich was loaned out to Eredivisie side FC Utrecht. Klich was given consistent minutes, and the tone about him started to change. In 14 matches Klich picked up 3 assists and a goal to his name, even playing in two Europa league playoff matches.
Klich had this to say about playing under Thomas Christiansen:
“In the midfield I slipped and lost the ball, after which we conceded a goal. Then the coach refused to pick me, because of one mistake that I couldn’t do much about. I became very angry with him after that and it was over for me for Leeds. I wouldn’t play anymore under that coach.”
Incomplete. Under Christiansen never really got the chance to prove himself, but in Utrecht he showed that he can be productive given minutes. His time at Leeds would warrant a low grade, but he salvaged his season away at Utrecht. He’s coming back next year and looks to play a role in Bielsa’s scheme. A transition to CB could be in the works? It doesn’t seem crazy to me. Many have already talked about Bielsa’s tendency to play players in different positions in his scheme. LeedsRead More
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What time are Leeds United's 2018/19 Championship fixtures released? All you need to know ahead of the schedule reveal
Leeds United are still waiting to discover their full list of fixtures for the 2018/19 Championship campaign.
On Thursday morning the Premier League released their full scheduled for the coming season, but EFL clubs, including the Whites must wait a little longer.
Next season there will be six new clubs for United to face. Swansea City, Stoke City and West Bromwich Albion have all been relegated from the Premier League.
While Wigan Athletic, Blackburn Rovers and Rotherham United have won promotion from the third tier.
United and their fans must wait another week to see who they will play and when. The fixtures are due to be released at 9am on Thursday, June 21.
Leeds United’s pre-season schedule
June 25 – Squad return to training
July 17 – Forest Green Rovers, 7pm (A)
July 19 – York City, 7pm (A)
July 24 – Oxford United, 7.45pm (A)
July 26 – Guiseley, 7.45pm (A)
July 29 – Las Palmas, 3pm (H)
The Whites began last season with Thomas Christiansen away at Bolton Wanderers and won 3-2.
Their first home game of the season in the league saw Preston North End visit and leave with a 0-0 draw.
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