Leeds submit seven-figure bid to sign blistering defender

Andrea Radrizzani

Leeds supporters will get to see their team in Premier League action for the first time since 2004 on Saturday evening.

It's typical that fans won't be able to watch from within the stadium, but with the clash live on Sky Sports, the viewing figures should be colossal. 

The Whites have been waiting an awful long time for regular top-flight action so you can guarantee that not a single Leeds fan out there will be wanting to miss this one against Liverpool.

It's the toughest match possible to start off the new campaign as they travel to Anfield to kick off the new season.

Fortunately, they'll come into the game with plenty of confidence.

Leeds beat Portuguese outfit Pacos de Ferreira last weekend and now Marcelo Bielsa has confirmed he'll be staying at Elland Road for at least another year.

Whether the Argentine was going to put pen to paper on new terms was unclear but it looks as though it'll all be wrapped up very soon. 

Marcelo Bielsa

Bielsa may have been enjoying his time off during the summer break but Andrea Radrizzani and Victor Orta have arguably never been busier.

They've had the difficult task of making this a Premier League squad by investing in the transfer market and it appears that a new player could arrive in the not too distant future.

That's because according to Italian outlet Ilmessaggero, Leeds have submitted a seven-figure bid to sign Lazio's attacking defender Jordan Lukaku. 

Both the Whites and Brighton have submitted offers thought to be in the region of €5m (£4.6m). 

This comes after Radrizzani sent his intermediary, Lorenzo Tonetti, to Italy two weeks ago to enquire about the possibility of signing the Belgian full-back. 

Jordan Lukaku

GIVEMESPORT'S Matt Dawson says...

Leeds have done well to tick off a new striker and central defender in the transfer market but one area they've kept on neglecting is the left-hand side of defence.

They may have four viable options for that part of the pitch - Stuart Dallas, Barry Douglas, Gjanni Alioski and Leif Davis.

However, Dallas is not a natural left-sided player, Douglas could join Celtic and Davis is still very young. 

With that in mind, signing a player like Lukaku would be solid business, specifically because it fills one of the biggest holes in the squad. Capable of playing as a wing-back, he is incredibly efficient going forward.

Jordan Lukaku

For instance, he played 0.8 key passes a game last term despite starting just once. Described as an "all-action" powerhouse, Lukaku's strength is absolutely supreme. 

He has a whole list of qualities that would enable him to slot right in at Leeds.

What's important to note, though, is that his defensive qualities aren't particularly amazing.

Speaking about the 26-year-old in 2016, journalist Sam Morshead suggested he could often be caught out of position. That doesn't bode particularly well. 

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