Leeds United transfer news: Long-term target will leave club this summer, Whites front-runners to land attacker

Leeds United will no doubt look to build on this season’s success with some new additions in the coming transfer window.

Monday, 31st May 2021, 7:49 am
Elland Road. (Photo by Lee Smith - Pool/Getty Images)

A top-half finish under Marcelo Bielsa was a fantastic achievement, but in many ways the work has only just begun for an ambitious Whites side.

One area that Leeds will surely look to bolster is in their attacking ranks following the departure of Pablo Hernandez

The Spaniard has been a hugely influential figure during his time at Elland Road, and pundit David Prutton has been quick to pay tribute to the veteran playmaker.

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Brighton are currently leading the race to sign Derby County midfielder Jason Knight this summer, with the Rams set to face a considerable amount of interest in the 20-year-old. West Ham and Crystal Palace are also keen. (The Sun) (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Writing in a column for the Yorkshire Evening Post, he said: “When you look at what Pablo Hernandez has done at Leeds, he was very much one of the main attractions at the club.

“He brought a lot to the club with his background and his history and then, when you see him playing football, you see a player who can create chances and is very comfortable on the ball.

“He is the very ethos of a team player who was a vital cog as and when Leeds United needed him.

“As Leeds were moving forward from the men that came before Marcelo Bielsa, Pablo probably hasn’t got as many minutes under his belt as he would have wanted.

There is no guarantee that James Tarkowski will leave Burnley this summer - even if the Clarets sign a new centre-back. (Alan Nixon - The Sun) (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

“But I think that is purely down to timing in terms of the timing of Marcelo coming in and the timing of life.

“This is a group of players that have been thoroughly worked and worked on and Pablo has been a massive part of that.”

We’ve gathered the best of today's Premier League transfer speculation below...

Liverpool are prepared to sell winger Xherdan Shaqiri for £7million. The Reds are hoping to raise funds ahead of making Brighton’s Yves Bissouma their second signing of the transfer window. (Sabah Spor) (Photo by Paul Ellis - Pool/Getty Images)
Chris Wilder plans to make a move for Newcastle striker Dwight Gayle should he get the West Brom job. (Mirror) (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
Newcastle United will reignite their interest in Sporting midfielder Matheus Nunes this summer after failing with a bid in January. (Record) (Photo by MIGUEL RIOPA/AFP via Getty Images)
Burnley are lining up a £10 million bid for Nottingham Forest defender Joe Worrall. (The Sun) (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
West Brom are set to demand a ‘staggering’ £20million for in-demand goalkeeper Sam Johnstone. Leeds United, Manchester United, and West Ham are all said to be interestedt in the stopper. (The Sun) (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
John Terry is keen on bringing Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek to Aston Villa this summer. (Daily Star) (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
Leeds United have emerged as the bookies' favourites to land Hertha BSC attacker Matheus Cunha this summer. (SkyBet) (Photo by Annegret Hilse - Pool/Getty Images)
Leeds United target Michael Olise will leave Reading in the summer after missing out on promotion. (TEAMtalk) (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)