Leeds United transfer news: Marcelo Bielsa to attempt five signings, £17m Whites star eyed by Manchester United, Douglas Costa to Elland Road latest

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Wednesday, 17th February 2021, 9:09 am
Leeds United's Argentinian head coach Marcelo Bielsa watches during the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Leeds United at the Emirates Stadium in London on February 14, 2021.

And Luke Ayling has backed his teammate Illan Meslier to brush off a disappointing showing last time out at Arsenal, where the Frenchman made a mistake in possession which led to him giving away a penalty.

"He's still a very young lad," Ayling said of Meslier's shot-stopping abilities.

"He's only 20 and he's playing Premier League football - you don't see many goalkeepers at that age playing in this division consistently.

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Newcastle United are not trying to sign former Liverpool and England striker Daniel Sturridge on a free transfer despite reports. The 31-year-old is a free agent. (Football Insider)

But on-pitch matters haven’t stopped transfer talk swirling around the top-flight and beyond.

Indeed, former Leeds United goalkeeper Paul Robinson believes Leeds are in a race with Liverpool and Tottenham to sign Brighton centre-back Ben White.

White spent last season on loan at Elland Road and cemented himself as a fan favourite as the Whites were promoted to from the Championship.

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says no talks have taken place regarding his future at Old Trafford, with his contract expiring at the end of next season. (Mirror)

“A lot of clubs will be looking to sign an elite level centre-back in the summer," Robinson said. “I expect Ben White to be in demand from Leeds, Liverpool and Tottenham at the end of the season.

“You can see how hard that market is when you look at Liverpool’s business in January. They waited until the end of the window and they got two players who they probably did not initially want to sign."

We’ve also rounded up all of the latest Leeds and Premier League transfer news and talk in one place this morning – simply scroll down to take a look:

Everton director of football Marcel Brands is close to agreeing a new contract with the Goodison Park club. (Liverpool Echo)
Former Fleetwood Town manager Joey Barton has held talks with Bristol Rovers about becoming the League One club's new manager. (Mail)
Manchester United are reportedly keeping an eye on Christos Tzolis, with Borussia Dortmund and Club Brugge also interested. Brighton have already tried to make their move were ‘not able to approach the financial requirements of PAOK’ with the issue ‘not moving on’. (Sportime)
Burnley boss Sean Dyche has confirmed that he has held talks with Robbie Brady over a new deal, just days after he was reported to be linked with a free transfer to Celtic. Dyche has said that the 29-year-old is among a few players in talks with the Premier League side with a view to extending their deals with the Turf Moor outfit. (Various)
Bayern Munich have no plans to keep Juventus loanee Douglas Costa beyond this season with Leeds United interested in the Brazil international. (Kicker)
Manchester United have joined the race with Liverpool for Leeds United winger Raphinha but Leeds are keen to keep hold of the player they signed in the summer for £17m. (Gianluigi Longari/SportItalia TV)
Leeds United are expected to try for four or five signings in the summer transfer window. Bielsa is very short at left-back and will 'certainly' sign reinforcements in that position, the report claims. The publication also states that the centre of midfield will be an area Victor Orta will look to strengthen, as well as the left wing. (The Athletic)