Leeds want permanent deal to sign Premier League midfielder

Conor Gallagher celebrates with Charlton players

This summer has been enthralling for Leeds United and their supporters.

Having achieved promotion to the Premier League, they went onto win the Championship by ten points.

Following that, their academy earned category one status and then Victor Orta went to great lengths to secure the club’s record signing.

If that was enough, their first game back in the Premier League after 16 years was an absolute thriller.

Three times Leeds came back to equalise, but it wasn’t enough as Liverpool prevailed against the newly-promoted side to win 4-3.

It was fantastic entertainment and despite the loss, there should be plenty of positives for Marcelo Bielsa to consider.

Patrick Bamford scored just his second Premier League goal while Jack Harrison sold Trent Alexander-Arnold down the river for United’s opening strike of the match. 

Marcelo Bielsa

You’d be forgiven for thinking that Leeds don’t need much-added creativity but that doesn’t appear to be the opinion of Orta and his recruitment team.

The Whites were linked with a move for Chelsea midfielder Conor Gallagher last week, but it was initially thought that Leeds wanted a loan deal.

However, there has now been an update in their pursuit of the 20-year-old.

That comes courtesy of The Daily Mail who suggest that Leeds are willing to do a permanent deal in order to beat West Brom to Gallagher’s signature. 

Unfortunately, the report claims that Frank Lampard is unlikely to agree to those terms.

Per Transfermarkt, Gallagher is currently rated at just £4.8m but because Chelsea rate him so highly, they’d probably have to pay over the odds.

Conor Gallagher in action for Swansea

GIVEMESPORT’S Matt Dawson says…

On a loan deal this move wouldn’t have made much sense. 

Why? Because the Whites have a plethora of young midfielders already in their squad that Bielsa can choose from.

In short, it would be pointless developing one of Chelsea’s players when they could put time into youngsters like Jamie Shackleton, Mateusz Bogusz and Alfie McCalmont.

However, on a permanent transfer, it would be superb business. That’s because he’d be a natural heir to Pablo Hernandez’s throne. 

Speaking about the player last week, former Leeds man Noel Whelan said

“He likes to get on the ball at every opportunity, very much like a Pablo Hernandez. He is not shy about having the ball at his feet in tight situations, good vision, good ranger of passing.”

Pablo Hernandez in action for Leeds vs Liverpool

A fine comparison for a player who is 15 years Hernandez’s junior. 

It’s clear to see why they’ve been compared though.

Gallagher scored six goals in the Championship last season but crucially, he provided 11 assists for his teammates. 

For context, Hernandez has only ever cleared that number of assists in a season once in his career – 2018/19. 

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