Leeds in talks to sign electric winger

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This summer has been one to tell the grandkids about. It’s been a period of celebration for Leeds United who achieved something a whole generation of fans are yet to witness.

Of course, the Whites are now a Premier League club again for the first time since 2004.

They have also broken their transfer record for the first time since 2000.

Buoyed by a flush new transfer kitty after securing around £200m from achieving promotion, Leeds mean business.

They signed Rodrigo for £30m as Victor Orta demonstrated he isn’t afraid to spend money. 

He could also splash out close to £32m on a Udinese midfielder Rodrigo de Paul as well.

Clearly, this is a side who are no longer dragged down by loan signings and the EFL’s tight financial fair play restrictions. Heading into last summer, the club had been right on the verge of surpassing the regulations. Premier League football has come just at the right time.

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However, despite looking at some pretty expensive additions, Leeds are still searching for some bargains too. 

They may well have found that in a winger.

Reports emerged last month that Leeds were eyeing a move for former Bournemouth attacker Ryan Fraser.

However, there has now been an update on the Whites’ pursuit of the Scot. According to 90min, Leeds have held discussions in an attempt to lure him to Elland Road.

That being said, no formal offer has been made for his services. 

Consequently, Newcastle are confident of landing him instead. West Brom, Fulham and Crystal Palace had also been in discussions with Fraser. 

Ryan Fraser

GIVEMESPORT’S Matt Dawson says…

Leeds would do little wrong by signing a player of Fraser’s calibre on a free transfer.

The 26-year-old is now in his prime and has proven himself to be an electrifying wizard at times in the top-flight.

Although he had a disappointing 2019/20 campaign, scoring just once, he contributed to 15 assists in 2018/19.

This is a player who often runs rampant down the flanks and he has plenty of Premier League experience. He’s also been described as someone with an “exceptional attitude,” according to midfielder Jack Wilshere. 

A modern-day workhorse, Fraser should have no trouble adjusting to the robust demands that Bielsa asks for from his players in training and on the pitch.

Ryan Fraser

That being said, Leeds are now well-stocked in the wing department. New signing Rodrigo can play there if needs be but Jack Harrison and Helder Costa were first-choice last term. 

Acquiring Fraser would do wonders for squad competition but it could damage Ian Poveda’s chances of regular football.

The winger signed from Manchester City in January but only managed 125 minutes after arriving. With the Premier League looming, his game time could be hindered again. 

Despite that, Leeds would be foolish to pass on the chance of landing Fraser, especially if you consider no transfer fee would be needed. 

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