Leeds United in battle with La Liga clubs to land Spanish star Samuel Saiz

Samuel Saiz spent a short time on loan at Sevilla when Leeds's director of football, Victor Orta, above left, was part of the club'w recruitment team.
Samuel Saiz spent a short time on loan at Sevilla when Leeds's director of football, Victor Orta, above left, was part of the club'w recruitment team.
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The agent of Spanish midfielder Samuel Saiz has confirmed that Leeds United are among the clubs competing for his signature.

Saiz’s representative, Juan Moreno, said Leeds were in the running with “Premier League clubs in Spain” to strike a deal for the Huesca No 10.

Saiz is at the centre of much transfer speculation after a strong season in Spain’s second division and he was close to joining Eibar before Leeds made their interest known.

United are working on a number of potential transfer deals after naming Thomas Christiansen as head coach and a deal to sign central midfielder Mateusz Klich on a three-year contract from FC Twente in Holland was announced this morning.

Saiz would offer more attacking threat than Klich, providing an alternative to Pablo Hernandez who occupied the number 10 role for Leeds last term and recently secured a 12-month extension to his deal at Elland Road.

Eibar are continuing to vie for Saiz’s signature and Real Betis, Las Palmas and Alaves are also fighting to take him from Huesca. The 26-year-old’s deal at Huesca runs to June 2018.

Moreno told the YEP: “Samuel has a firm (interest) from Leeds United and also other Premier League clubs in Spain.” He confirmed that Saiz was open to the option of a move to England.

Saiz’s career began as a trainee with Real Madrid and he was on the books of Atletico Madrid for 12 months before joining Huesca in 2015. He spent a short time on loan at Sevilla while new Leeds director of football Victor Orta was part of Sevilla’s recruitment team.

Saiz, who can also play as a forward, produced 12 goals and eight assists as Huesca finished sixth in the Segunda division last season. The club were beaten by Getafe in the promotion play-offs.

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