Leeds transfers: Phil Hay reveals player that's definitely of interest

Marcelo Bielsa entering Elland Road

Victor Orta must be having sleepless nights at the moment - that's not for bad reasons either.

He has been a busy beaver at Elland Road over the last couple of days, signing documents on a regular basis so Leeds can announce new deals.

While the players and coaches have had time to rest following promotion, the Director of Football hasn't had a moment's peace.

Leeds confirmed two new signings this week as teenagers Joe Gelhardt and Charlie Allen arrived from Wigan and Linfield respectively, but further news was soon announced.

Jack Harrison put pen to paper on yet another loan deal in West Yorkshire before Jamie Shackleton signed on the dotted line to extend his stay at United.

However, there is further work that needs to be wrapped up before the start of the season, that's if Marcelo Bielsa and Orta are to fulfil their needs of four or five signings. 

Predominantly, Leeds have looked at domestic signings with the likes of Ollie Watkins and Said Benrahma linked, but an alternative for those two players at Brentford has now been touted.

Jack Harrison celebrates

News emerged a few weeks ago that Leeds were considering a swoop for Belgian forward Michy Batshuayi but now that link has been confirmed by none other than Phil Hay.

The Athletic journalist was speaking on his weekly podcast, The Phil Hay Show, and revealed the following about the club's transfer plans:

"One that’s definitely of interest is Michy Batshuayi down at Chelsea.

"Bielsa knows him from Marseille and he knows a lot about his game. He wouldn’t have to adapt massively. Despite it not happening for him at Chelsea he’s at a prime age, 26."

It's not known how much Leeds would have to pay for the forward but a price tag of around £25m has previously been mentioned.

Batshuayi in Champions League action

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Orta hasn't had much luck when it's come to finding strikers for Leeds.

Eddie Nketiah left in January after starting just twice in the Championship and then the eye-catching addition of Jean-Kevin Augustin failed to prove too fruitful either.

The Frenchman played 49 minutes and is now at the centre of a legal dispute that's seeing Leeds refuse to pay their obligation to buy him.

Batshuayi playing for Chelsea

It wouldn't be a great surprise if we saw Patrick Bamford start up top on the opening day of the season but considering how well Bielsa knows Batshuayi, it would be a no-brainer to bring him in.

Batshuayi may have only found the net eight times in 2019/20 but he should have no trouble adapting to the meticulous methods that Bielsa likes on the training ground.

Under the Argentine, the Chelsea striker has played 29 games, scoring ten goals in the process.

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