Leeds United could be set to lose out on one of their brightest young talents.
Rumours are swirling that indicate Everton are highly interested in swooping in for Leeds starlet Tom Pearce.
Pearce left the Everton academy four years ago in order to further his development, but it sounds as though the Toffees would like to bring him back to Merseyside.
Pearce emerged late in the season as a viable option for Leeds, making five appearances for the first team in the latter stages of the campaign.
Everton have visions of the 20-year-old Pearce as the potential successor at left back to the aging Leighton Baines. Bournemouth are another Premier League side with registered interest, as manager Eddie Howe has made signing a new left back a priority heading into the summer window.
While there are many betting sites to choose from, most of them won’t list Everton as a legitimate Premier League contender next season without a dramatic roster overhaul this summer. Adding a little-known player like Pearce wouldn’t do much to improve those odds, but the Ormskirk-born player would still be a potential upgrade on the left side of the defense in the long term.
With news that Matej Vydra could be set to depart Derby, could he be the perfect man for Leeds?
The talented forward time at Pride Park is said to be up with the Rams falling out of the playoff second leg loss to Fulham.
According to the Nottingham Post, it now seems that Derby boss Gary Rosetta has been informed he must trim the fat on a very large wage budget at the club if he is to make moves in the summer transfer window.
One player that looks likely depart is Vydra, who joined on a very healthy contract from Premier League side Watford back in 2016.
The Czech international has been one of Derby’s star players, scoring an impressive 22 league goals and contributing 4 assists in the 17/18 season.
Now at 26-years old and having spent the last six years in English football, Vydra could be the perfect man to lead the line for Leeds.
However, the deal to sign Vydra could be extremely costly. With two years remaining on his current deal, Derby are in no rush to make a deal happen and are looking to recoup all of the £8million that Vydra cost back in 2016.
Quick, skilful and able to link up play, Vydra would be impeccable if he’s allowed to rather partner Kemar Roofe upfront or allow for Samu Saiz, Alioski and Hernandez to create a dynamic front four.
Whether a deal can be done is only a guess at this time, but the signing of Vydra would clearly give the Leeds fans what they want in a front man.
Would you like to see Vydra join the Whites? Have your say in the comments below.
By Ryan Ingham
Leeds have entered the race for talented midfielder Leo Stulac.
The goal scoring midfielder is currently close to a move to Seria A giants Genoa but could see his move derailed by the English club.
According to football insider, the Whites are looking to hijack Genoa’s bid in order to secure the midfielders services.
The Venezia midfielder is currently playing his trade in Seria B but could see a fruitful season turn into a potential life altering switch to Seria A or England.
Having only made 20 appearances this season, Stulac has still been able to contribute six goals and four assists from the holding midfield position.
The Slovenian midfielder is strong on the ball and able to not only win the ball back but push forward in order to create chances.
The 23-year old is now out of contract with Venezia meaning the deal would be a low risk move for Leeds, who are attempting to spend smart this summer window.
Does Stulac seem like a good piece of business? Have your say in the comments below.
By Ryan Ingham
Paul Heckingbottom may have found his first man to join the club in the summer.
Free agent Andy Yiadom is said to be high on the head coach’s list of potential additions and now the club are free to move ahead.
With the Championship season now over (apart from them pesky playoffs we’d prefer not to talk about) Leeds are free to get a deal across the table for Yiadom who has already stated he won’t be staying at Barnsley.
The 26-year old will not command any fee due to him being available for a bosman transfer and over the age of compensation currently still 24.
The pacy full back who can also star as a midfielder is known for his blistering pace and ability to track back from forward positions.
However, with Leeds currently boasting five full backs in their squad with Lewie Coyle also to return from a superb loan spell at Fleetwood, it is unsure whether the Leeds United transfer committee will green light the deal.
Yiadom may not cause a high financial constraint but the club are currently looking to streamline their squad and signing another full back may not make financial sense.
With the talented Bryce Hosannah signing a new deal at the club, the committee may see a potential youngster filling the void should he be called upon.
If Yiadom does join, Leeds receive a Championship proven full back who is versatile and adds the squad depth we need but apparently don’t want.
Would you like to see Yiadom join? Or should Leeds continue to adapt a squad streamline? Have your say in the comments below.
By Ryan Ingham
Leeds United’s interest in Oli McBurnie has been heavily documented but have they just missed out on the race to sign the forward?
The chance to sign him weeks ago would have been a lot easier than the current situation the club find themselves in.
With Rangers now entering the fray for the forward, Leeds have an uphill battle in order to sign talented youngster.
McBurnie is set to become a free agent but at the age of 21, will command compensation to be agreed with parent club Swansea City.
With Leeds set to make an approach for former loanee Kyle Bartley, the club will be apprehensive to fall into bad favour with the recently relegated Swans and will hope that an agreement could be made for both.
However, no such rule applies to Rangers, who could snatch the talented striker without any compensation and offer him first team football under the tutoring of Liverpool legend and manager Steven Gerrard.
If Leeds are serious on a move for McBurnie, they must act fast and get the deal over the line.
With 9 goals in 17 appearances for Barnsley, the Leeds born striker has already shown he can do business in the Championship and would improve our current attacking ranks.
Should Leeds act fast on McBurnie or look into tiger avenues for a forward? Have your say in the comments below.
By Ryan Ingham
Leeds United look set to enter a dogfight in order to solve their current striker crisis.
With Pierre-Michel Lasogga set to return to Hamburg, Leeds are left with Caleb Ekuban, Jay Roy Grot and winger turned forward Kemar Roofe in their attacking ranks.
If the club are to turn their squad into one that can push further up the league, their main target this summer will be a striker they can trust to find the back of the net on a regular basis.
One player the club are now interested in is Hull City striker Abel Hernandez. However, the club must be set for a scrap in order to secure his services.
Championship winners Wolves are already chasing the forward and can offer the promise of Premiership football should they continue their vested interest. The deal for Wolves depends on whether they can reach an agreement with Bournemouth for loanee Benik Afobe prior to any approach for Hernandez.
Whereas Leeds are now set to make s big splash in the market and Hernandez would tick many boxes in their summer shopping list.
Hernandez, who’s contract is set to expire next month will be looking to continue his journey in English football should a move materialise and a move to Leeds would resemble a short relocation for the striker.
The 27-year old is well known to both the Championship and Premier League having spent four years at the Tigers in which he has scored 39 goals in 110 appearances.
However, it’s Hernandez’s Championship form that Leeds’ higher ups should be focusing on; the forward has scored an impressive 28 goals in 49 appearances during two spells in England’s second tier.
This season Hernandez has struggled with injury but still managed to muster a respectful 8 goals in 10 appearances.
Strong, imposing and more than able to put the ball in the back of the net, Hernandez would be the perfect man for Leeds, should they make a real effort to woo the forward.
Would Hernandez resemble a good move for the club? Have your say in the comments below.
By Ryan Ingham
Leeds look set to bolster their defence with a very versatile defender.
One player who has been linked to a move to Elland Road has been Dane Kristian Pedersen.
The defender is capable of playing at left centre back, full back and winger and is said to be very competent in all positions.
Currently playing for Bundesliga 2 side Union Berlin, Pedersen has spent two years being a mainstay in defence but being allowed to switch positions to suit the club.
The 23-year old has made 31 appearances this season, contributing one goal and three assists during the campaign.
Pedersen is currently valued between £1-1.5million. However, with only 12 months left on his current contract could be available for a fraction of that.
A move for Pedersen does seem to beg the question what Leeds are expecting to do with left back Laurens DeBock.
A January signing for a fee of £1.5million, the Belgian struggled to settle in English football prior to being injured and missing the final three months of the season.
In that time young sensation Tom Pearce has taken the reigns at left back and scored his first goal for the club against the relegated Barnsley.
If Pedersen is set to join, Leeds could see an abundance of left Backs currently at the club with Gaetano Berardi, Tyler Denton and the aforementioned Pearce and DeBock.
Could Leeds see a major cull of their defensive unit? Or is Pedersen being eyed for a different position? Have your say in the comments below.
By Ryan Ingham
Leeds United look set to begin the genesis of their summer clear-out with one player already heading for the exit.
Last night the YEP’s Phil Hay reported that Pawel Cibicki was spotted at the Legia Warsaw game along with his agent.
The forward has not on the team sheet since the clubs away defeat to Fulham and looks set to be the first name on the list when the club looks to move on the deadwood from a bloated squad lacking real quality.
Cibicki was a summer signing from Malmo in a deal that came from the exit of Chris Wood to Burnley. The idea was that the combined signings of Pierre-Michel Lasogga, Jay Roy Grot and Cibicki would replace the 30 goals scored by Chris Wood the season before. Unfortunately this wasn’t the case.
Cibicki joined with a lot of promise, having been chased by Manchester United, Torino and several La Liga sides and commanded a small fee in £1.5million.
The 24-year old has only made seven League appearances and only has two assists to his name. One which was a beautiful cross against QPR, which looked to set him up for a future at Elland Road.
It is unknown whether Leeds will look to recoup the monies spent on the forward or allow Cibicki to prove himself for a season on loan prior to any decisions on his Leeds future.
A potential loan switch to Legia could see Leeds have the opportunity to evaluate whether Cibicki can make the grade akin to the move they made with Marcus Antonsson going to Blackburn last summer.
Contracted until 2021, there’s still time for Cibicki to show his worth to the club, something we’d all like to see instead of another dud who we’ve wasted money on.
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Do you think Cibicki should be moved on? Have your say in the comments below.
By Ryan Ingham
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