Good Morning. It's Wednesday 8th June, and here are the latest headlines from Elland Road...
Perraud bound for St Mary's
Southampton look set to steal Romain Perraud from under their noses of Leeds according to articles from the Daily Express and the Daily Mail. Saints boss Ralph Hasenhuttl has made the versatile 23 year old his top Summer target as he looks to add strength to his struggling team. Leeds have fought hard to bring Brest's financial expectations down, and it is believed an initial fee of £8.5m will secure the deal. Leeds were in prime location to snap Perraud up, but an previously quoted price tag in the region of £15m-£18m convinced Victor Orta to continue his search in La Liga
Harrison set to sign today
Jack Harrison will put pen to paper today, and sign permanently for the Whites. The 24yo has been in fantastic form recently, and was unlucky not to be included in Gareth Southgate's England squad. Fortunately for Leeds, Manchester City fixed the fee three years ago, and although it was tweaked from 10m to 12m last Summer, it still represents amazing value for money! Harrison will become Leeds first permanent signing of the Summer, pledging his future for the next four or five years.
Orta has already held talks with Kvaratskhelia
Victor Orta has held talks with the agent of Khvicha Kvaratskhelia according to various media reports. The Rubin Kazan winger is in high demand after a breathtaking season for the Russian outfit. Their Sporting Director Oleg Yarovinsky admitted he was free to leave, even if his departure will “hurt”.
Georgian journalist Lasha Kokiashvili says there is great interest in the 20-year-old and states talks have already been completed with Orta, with the player's future soon to be resolved. A fee of 20-25m will be a drop in the ocean if Georgian International continuous to improve at the rate he has been!
Bielsa should be named Manager of the year - Cascarino
Former Republic of Ireland striker Tony Cascarino believes Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa should be named the manager of the year. The TalkSPORT host believes the Whites over achieved this season. He also praised the Argentine's style of play...
He (Bielsa) would be my number one choice. He overachieved with the Leeds team. I thought the way Leeds played, they became a far better team at the end of the season than they were at the start. I love watching Leeds. From the opening game when they lost 4-3 against Liverpool I thought they were going to be a roller coaster. By the end of the season, I was like ‘They’re tough to play against.’ Bielsa improved his team a hell of a lot. His achievements were extraordinary.