The Blackpool Gazette claim Leeds United would be willing to sell Ian Poveda permanently to loan side Blackpool in the January window – if the price is right, after being told by teammate Jordan Gabriel to “sign the contract”.

Poveda, 22, has left Leeds on loan for the second successive campaign. Last term, he played 10 times for Blackburn before suffering an injury. Last summer, he went to Blackpool – but the ex-Manchester City man made a slow start.

The winger though, is beginning to show why Marcelo Bielsa rated him so highly. Bielsa’s praise for specific players was rare but after his Leeds debut, the boss described Poveda as “agile” and having a “good capacity” to adapt.

Following his goal against Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup, Blackpool teammate Gabriel commented on his post on Instagram – “sign the contract”. Now, The Gazette say Leeds would be open to his permanent exit, for the right fee.

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Leeds willing to sell Poveda permanently to Blackpool if the price is right

Poveda has a contract at Elland Road until the summer of 2024. So, if Leeds were going to let him go, it would have to involve a fee. Poveda joined Leeds on a free deal from Manchester City but with future incentives to go to City.

The chances of Leeds getting a decent fee for Poveda are unlikely. It is hardly likely that Leeds could request much above a couple of million pounds. Similarly, Blackpool are not flush with cash and will not be able to afford much.

It is much more likely that Blackpool just keep him on loan until the summer, and then make a decision. They may wait to see how he does in the second half of the season before that decision. He will only have 12 months left.

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