We’re under a week away until the Leeds squad returns for preseason training, which seems incredibly quick but we’re not complaining. Leeds have been typically quiet so far in the transfer market but it wouldn’t be a surprise if that was all to change very soon, with a few moves bubbling away.
The word on the street is that Leeds’ number one target this summer is Hélder Costa from Wolves and in true 2019 fashion, Costa himself has given Leeds fans hope that the move is close to completion by following Leeds on Instagram. If we’re not close to signing him, at least he’s got some decent banter. Costa would be a statement of intent from Leeds, he’s exactly the sort of player we were lacking last season during the run-in.
The other players closely linked with Leeds so far are Jack Harrison, which you’d expect to be quite straightforward if he wants to return to Elland Road. Ryan Kent is the third winger in the equation, Kent is extremely highly rated at Liverpool and spent last season playing under Steven Gerrard at Rangers, scoring 6 times and adding 4 assists. A return to Rangers is possible for Kent, however they have just completed the signing of fellow Liverpool winger Sheyi Ojo and Kent may be better suited testing himself at a higher level.
But wait, there’s more Liverpool news. Reading looked all set to sign Ovie Ejaria from the Reds before Leeds showed interest. The midfielder spent the second half of last season on loan at Reading and considering Leeds’ quality in midfield, it seems unlikely this move will happen. Last but not least on the incoming rumours we have Bournemouth keeper Mark Travers. Signing a 20-year-old keeper does seem a bit odd considering we have BPF, but if he’s an upgrade we’ll certainly take that. Kiko Casilla looks like he could be heading back to Spain too.
Certain bookmakers today stopped taking bets on Jack Clarke to Spurs, which looks more and more likely as time goes on. If we have to sell anyone to fund our own transfers, Clarke would be missed the least. That being said, he has unbelievable potential and I’d prefer we didn’t have to sell anyone in all honesty. Leeds are expected to fend off offers for Kalvin Phillips, with the midfielder more than happy to stay where he is.
The transfer window so far has actually been pretty quiet for Leeds’ standards and there’s still plenty of rumours floating around. Expect things to heat up when the players get back next week.