Leeds United news round-up: Pablo Hernandez boost plus updates on two targets


It wasn't the return to action that Leeds United would have hoped for.

A 2-0 defeat against Cardiff City saw the Whites miss an opportunity to go 10 points clear of third-place Fulham with eight games to go.

With a promotion six-pointer with the Cottagers coming up this weekend, efforts must be doubled to ensure that the current seven-point buffer is not reduced.

Matters on the field are focused on Saturday's clash, but matters in the boardroom are looking ahead to the summer transfer market.

Here's the latest news to come out of Elland Road.

Pablo Hernandez in line for Fulham return

Pablo Hernandez could be fit for Leeds United's crunch clash with Fulham this Saturday, according to The Athletic's Phil Hay.

The midfielder was a notable absentee during Sunday's 2-0 defeat against Cardiff City in South Wales.

That was due to a small knock that he picked up during preparations for the Championship's return.

Hernandez was a big miss for Marcelo Bielsa's side against the Bluebirds, but according to Hay, he's expected to return to training in time for the promotion six-pointer with Fulham at Elland Road.

Writing for The Athletic, Hay said: "They're telling us he'll be back training this week - so ideally involved against Fulham.

"Sometimes it's easy to under-estimate the sheer quality of his passing and vision.

"It makes a difference so often.

"You almost take him for granted because he's so gifted."

Marcelo Bielsa enquires about Juan Foyth

Marcelo Bielsa has contacted Mauricio Pochettino for information regarding summer target Juan Foyth, according to Football Insider.

The Tottenham Hotspur defender is highly-rated in North London but has found regular first team opportunities hard to come by.

That has led to reports from reputable Argentine publication El Dia that Leeds could be readying a move.

It claims that Spurs would be open to letting him leave as he searches for more regular first team opportunities.

Whether that's on a permanent deal or a loan switch, it's claimed that Leeds United are one of the clubs who are tracking his progress.

Leeds United interest in Emi Buendia

Leeds United face a huge summer as they face the prospect of preparing for a return to the Premier League.

While promotion isn't yet secured, it seems that they'll be looking to sign some players to help them adapt to life in the top tier.

One of those players could be Emi Buendia.

According to Read Norwich, the Whites have made a move for the Norwich City star.

The Canaries face an uncertain future in the top flight after struggling to adapt to life in the Premier League.

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