As we enter the weekend in which sees Leeds begin their 2021-22 campaign, transfer-related stories now go side by side with match coverage. The Whites take on bitter rivals Manchester United on Saturday. But Leeds stories continue, regarding Ryan Kent, Leo Hjelde and Lewis O’Brien
In the latest transfer round-up on LeedsUnited.News – Phil Hay has given two juicy bits of news regarding O’Brien and Kent, while there is also an update as Leeds chase Celtic talent Hjelde.
Palace look to beat Leeds for a second time – to O’Brien
Earlier this summer, Palace beat Leeds in pursuit of Conor Gallagher. The Chelsea midfielder was shown around Thorp Arch and reports claim he even agreed a move to Leeds. But he chose Palace. Now, Phil Hay say Palace have joined Leeds in the race to sign Huddersfield’s O’Brien, on the Athletic.
Hay says he has been told Palace are keen and that Huddersfield want £8million: “Leeds like him, Bielsa likes him. But their valuation and Huddersfield’s valuation are still not in line. Huddersfield want at least £8m. Palace were mentioned to me yesterday as a club who like O’Brien.”
Rangers price tag for Ryan Kent revealed as Leeds remain keen
Hay was in good form during his Q&A session. He was also asked about Rangers star Ryan Kent, amid the Scottish club failing to qualify for the Champions League. He says: “Bielsa would be interested. Rangers have been talking about £20m and Leeds wouldn’t be keen to stretch to that.”
Leeds agree fee, fourth U23 arrival
Celtic defender Leo Hjelde has been strongly linked since last January. Many of us Leeds fans will have seen the constant comparison with Virgil van Dijk, made by ex-Ross County boss John Hughes. Now, journalist Stian Wahl has confirmed on Twitter that the two clubs have agreed a fee.
His Tweet is translated as: “Leeds and Celtic agree on price for Leo Hjelde. Norwegian agrees on personal details for a while back. Medical remains. 17-year-old is intended for U23’s. Smyth announced earlier Wednesday that there was progress in the negotiations on Hjelde.”