Leeds United weigh up Jozefzoon bid with Brentford poised to sell winger

Florian Jozefzoon, left, challenges Alfonso Pedraza during Leeds United's game at Brentford in April 2017.
Florian Jozefzoon, left, challenges Alfonso Pedraza during Leeds United's game at Brentford in April 2017.
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Leeds United are weighing up a firm bid for Florian Jozefzoon after Brentford revealed they had accepted an offer from an unnamed club.

United are among the teams with a close eye on Jozefzoon and are under pressure to enter the fray with Brentford preparing to sell the Dutch winger.

The London club plan to cash in on Jozefzoon with his contract set to expire at the end of next season. Leeds are understood to have made enquiries about the 27-year-old but risk missing out on him amid mounting interest in his signature.

Brentford manager Dean Smith confirmed after the club’s friendly at Wycombe Wanderers last night that a fee for Jozefzoon had been agreed, though he declined to name the team concerned. Jozefzoon was left out of the clash Wycombe with his departure pending.

Derby County have been strongly linked with him in the past fortnight, though the Pride Park club secured another winger, Harry Wilson, on loan from Liverpool yesterday. West Bromwich Albion are thought to be keen.

Jozefzoon is a former PSV Eindhoven player who moved to Griffin Park from Holland in January 2017. He has played more than 60 times for Brentford and came up with seven goals and seven assists last season.

Leeds head coach Marcelo Bielsa is an admirer of Jozefzoon and the club are considering their next move with the start of the new term drawing near.

United, who have made just two signings so far in this transfer window, contested their first pre-season friendly at Forest Green Rovers last night but have less than three weeks to go before their opening Championship game against Stoke City.

A striker, a midfielder and a full-back are among their key targets with Bielsa believed to be largely satisfied with the other areas of his line-up.

United looked primed for an overhaul after finishing 13th in the Championship last season and the club have so far moved 10 players out of Elland Road but Bielsa has committed to working with a large core of the existing squad and his line-up at Forest Green consisted of 11 names which were on the books during the 2017-18 campaign.