Given that recruiting was very busy over the summer, that’s not surprising – but when it comes to Marcelo Bielsa, you can never say never.
According to Football Insider, the Whites have made one last attempt to kidnap West Ham’s move for RB Leipzig defender Matthew Bondswell.
The teenager seemed ready to complete a move to East London with few complications. A previous report suggested he flew into the capital on Monday to undergo medical treatment.
And while David Moyes’ side are still confident of hitting a deal for the 18-year-old left-back, it is believed that Leeds have done their best to derail their efforts.
Moving a player like Bondswell is certainly not atypical for Bielsa.
During his tenure on Elland Road, we’ve seen him hire Ian Poveda and Sam Greenwood, and the Argentine seems intent on making Thorp Arch a hotbed for emerging young talent.
The former Nottingham Forest prospect has yet to make his debut in Germany but that hasn’t stopped him from impressing during a loan match at Dutch FC Dordrecht.
According to Wyscout, this season the youngster has had a dribble success rate of 60.9%, as well as an intersection accuracy of 60% and a pass completion rate of 78.1%.
For reference, Stuart Dallas recorded a dribble success rate of 53.2% and an intersection accuracy of 18.4%.
The Athletic reports that Elland Road football director Victor Orta has always been an admirer of Argentine playmaker Emiliano Buendia from Norwich City.
The South American has reportedly been a whites’ target for some time, and The Independent suggests he was on their radar as early as August.
Orta’s interest has been more than confirmed lately as Buendia shone in the championship this season and his average game rating of 7.60 according to Whoscored is the highest in the division to date.
Don’t be surprised that Leeds will be connected to him again in the future …
We’ve rounded up the rest of the Premier League transfer speculation this afternoon below:
Sheffield United pulled out of the race this month to sign Jesse Lingard. West Ham are now in pole position to close a loan deal for the Manchester United man. (Football Insider) (Photo by OLI SCARFF / POOL / AFP via Getty Images)
Photo: OLI SCARFF
Leeds United could try to hijack West Ham’s move for RB Leipzig youth defender Matthew Bondswell. The Hammers are still confident of closing a deal for the starlet. (Football Insider) (Photo by Peter Powell – Pool / Getty Images)
AC Milan are keen to sign outcast Achraf Lazaar from Newcastle United. The defense attorney is currently negotiating to terminate his contract on Tyneside. (Sportmediaset) (Photo by Charlotte Tattersall / Getty Images)
Photo: Charlotte Tattersall
Tottenham Hotspur were offered the opportunity to sign Edin Dzeko this month. The 34-year-old has fallen out of favor with current Roma employers. (Gazzetta dello Sport) (Photo by Paolo Bruno / Getty Images)
Photo: Paolo Bruno