Leeds facing tough battle to sign 37-goal striker

Shon Weissman

Leeds have found the summer transfer window an absolute breeze.

Gone are the days where Victor Orta has to look for cheap options and operate in the loan market.

This is a side who are now in the Premier League, one bolstered by the recent injection of around £200m after achieving promotion. 

This has been the perfect summer for a side who rather unsurprisingly, broke their 20-year long transfer-record. 

Not since Rio Ferdinand arrived have they been able to spend a colossal sum but that changed with the entrance of Rodrigo from Valencia for £30m.

Leeds are in no mood to calm down either. The club have been touted with moves for Rodrigo de Paul at Udinese and Luiz Felipe at Lazio.

Andrea Radrizzani's connections in Italy are clearly coming into play here. 


However, it's not all perfect for the Whites. Earlier this summer, Phil Hay suggested Israeli striker Shon Weissman was on their shortlist.

The Wolfsberger forward has been wanted by a host of clubs around Europe but Leeds' pursuit of the striker looks to be flattening. 

Old Firm rivals Rangers and Celtic have been linked with the forward but now it looks as though he's on his way to Spain instead.

A move for another attacker looked unlikely after the addition of Rodrigo but someone Leeds clearly think highly of will be escaping their clutches.

Reliable journalist Guillem Balague took to Twitter over the weekend to suggest that Weissman would be travelling to the Mediterranean to sign for La Liga outfit Real Valladolid. 

Shon Weissman

GIVEMESPORT'S Matt Dawson says...

You can't help but feel as though this will go down as a missed opportunity for Leeds.

Yes, they signed Rodrigo, but he's not truly prolific in front of goal as someone like Weissman is.

The Spaniard notched seven times in all competitions last term but the Isreal international was one of the most clinical strikers in world football.

The 24-year-old scored a remarkable 37 goals in 40 games. As for league strikes, he contributed 30 in the Austrian Bundesliga.

Shon Weissman celebrates

The level of football may not be the best but it was still more league goals than Timo Werner, Lionel Messi and Romelu Lukaku managed in 2019/20, for example.

Considering Leeds' top scorer last season was Patrick Bamford on just 16, they'll need all the help they can get next season.

Weissman would have been a shrewd addition, one who could have offered a great deal to the Whites' forward line.

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