Leeds register interest in Premier League ace

James McCarthy challenges Roberto Firmino

Leeds United are back in the big time and ready to spend.

Victor Orta has already drawn up a list of targets that could join, with the Spaniard targeting domestic acquisitions, rather than those in foreign leagues.

It’s a policy that rather matches up with what they’ve done since Marcelo Bielsa walked through the door – only last summer they signed Helder Costa, Ben White and Jack Harrison, for example.

Already this summer we’ve seen the likes of Ollie Watkins and Eberechi Eze linked with a switch to Elland Road.

However, Said Benrahma and Joe Gelhardt are two other names touted with making the step up from Championship football to Premier League life.

The order of the day for Leeds, so it would seem, is to target players already familiar to their scouts and coaching staff.

The Whites have played against a number of the players above which certainly bodes well for Bielsa and co. 

Marcelo Bielsa

The latest name doing the rounds is someone already playing in the top-flight. 

According to 90min, Leeds have registered their interest in Crystal Palace midfielder James McCarthy.

The midfielder is also attracting the eyes of Newcastle, West Ham and Aston Villa. 

Rated at £3.6m by Transfermarkt, it could be a cheap deal for Orta to wrap up, that’s if Leeds continue to pursue the Republic of Ireland international. 

At the age of 29, those in hot pursuit of the midfielder are confident he still has what it takes to flourish in the top tier. 

James McCarthy

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McCarthy wouldn’t be a very eye-catching addition for Leeds, but the Yorkshire outfit will need players proven in the Premier League when they finally welcome the country’s best sides to Elland Road. 

Looking through their squad, there is only a select crop of players who actually possess the experience of playing in the top-flight of English football – to name a few; Patrick Bamford, Pablo Hernandez and Helder Costa.

However, despite McCarthy’s rather mediocre nature, he is a solid player who would offer a reliable form of protection from the middle of the pitch.

McCarthy versus Norwich

A player who has always been held in high esteem, Palace boss Roy Hodgson claimed he was a “class player” earlier this year while he’s been linked to some of the best sides in world football.

While playing in Scotland, McCarthy caught the interest of Barcelona and was then seen as Cesc Fabregas’ successor at Arsenal in 2011 (Sky Sports, via The Metro). A move, however, failed to materialise. 

The midfielder’s stock may have fallen since but he has still played 256 games at the highest level in England.

If Leeds can get a cheap move done, a player of McCarthy’s stature would be a no-brainer. 

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