Good Morning. It's Thursday 1st October, and here are the latest headlines from Elland Road...
Spanish media disclose Leeds had a 25m offer for Foyth turned down earlier in Summer
Spurs reportedly rejected a bid of £25 million from Leeds for Juan Foyth earlier this summer! The 22 year old Argentine has fallen the pecking order since the arrival of Jose Mourinho last November, starting just one game. Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo claim Leeds tabled a £25 million offer to sign Foyth, but the bid was rejected by Spurs.
Foyth has now been offered to Spanish trio Villarreal, Valencia and Real Sociedad on loan – as Spurs look to get some game time for their young star. I'm not sure who was more insane, Leeds for offering 25m, or Spurs for rejecting it.
De Paul smokescreen worked out well for Leeds
Yorkshire Evening Post journalist Graham Smyth has revealed that Leeds never tabled any bids for Udinese midfielder Rodrigo De Paul. The media circus surrounding Leeds interst in the Argentine International created a smokescreen for Victor Orta. He was able to go about his business of getting a deal done with Bayern Munich for Michael Cuisance without alerting any other clubs. Writing in the YEP Smyth said;
While Rodrigo De Paul flirted with fans on social media and kept himself linked to Elland Road, Orta made discreet advances towards Bayern Munich for Michael Cuisance.
A bid, Elland Road sources say, was never made for De Paul and although constant reports turned it into a bit of a sideshow, it acted as a smokescreen that allowed Leeds to get a deal done for a midfielder in relative peace and quiet.
Leeds set to announce Cuisance arrival
Leeds will complete the £18m signing of Bayern Munich star Michael Cuisance this morning, but only after Newcastle Utd tried, and failed to hijack the deal. The French youth international, a close friend of the shot-stopper Illan Meslier has been in negotiations with the Whites all week.
Interest from St James Park began circulating a few days ago, unfortunately for the Magpies, they left it too late as Leeds had all but tied up all loose ends including a buy back clause for the German Champions. Cuisance completed his medical yesterday afternoon, and lets set to be unveiled today.
Leeds receive mix response over third kit design
Leeds United have unveiled a maroon strip to complete their 2020/21 Premier League campaign. The Adidas shirt is a maroon colour that incorporates a fading tonal design on the front, with solid sleeves and back with a gold lining and badge. The hierarchy at Elland Road claim they have used history to influence their latest unveiling, by releasing colours used during the club's European success under legendary manager Don Revie. The kit is meant to look especially good if worn in a darkened room or whilst blindfolded!