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Leeds transfer news: Rodrigo de Paul favourite to join in January window

By Tony Mogan

Published: 11:13, 7 January 2021

Leeds United remain linked with Udinese midfielder Rodrigo de Paul – but much of their transfer business for 2021 may wait until the summer. 

The Premier League newcomers were strongly linked with £35m-rated De Paul at the start of the season, when it is claimed they missed out by a whisker.

Reports state Marcelo Bielsa could now return for De Paul during the January Transfer Window and the Argentina international sparked excitement among Leeds fans last week when he referenced “new challenges” in a post on social media.

Leeds were also credited with an interest in Ben White, who spent the 2019/20 campaign on loan at Elland Road, but were unable to prise him away from Brighton on a permanent basis following promotion to the top flight.

Ben White radar wheelSky Sports reported in August a final bid in the region of £25million was rejected by Brighton before Leeds turned their attention to Robin Koch.

White, 23, has been a regular for the Seagulls this term and it seems that ship might have sailed as far as a return to Leeds is concerned, with bigger clubs now said to be circling.

De Paul is favourite to join Leeds (7/1 to move to Elland Road this month) while White (25/1) is an outsider to reunite with Bielsa and his squad.

Meanwhile, The Sun claims Leeds are preparing to open talks with Patrick Bamford over a new contract with a number of suitors said to be lurking. The former Chelsea striker has scored 10 goals in 17 league starts since returning to the Premier League with Leeds in September.

The Whites are also reportedly keeping tabs on Queens Park Rangers goalkeeper Seny Dieng, though Arsenal and Crystal Palace are also linked with the 26-year-old.

Leeds to sign before February 2 odds (via Sky Bet):

  • Rodrigo de Paul 7/1
  • Danny Rose 20/1
  • Ben White 25/1
  • Dele Alli 25/1

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