Leeds United transfer news: Whites tipped to beat Everton to in-demand full-back, Leicester chase Serie A ace

Leeds United's sensational 2020/21 campaign drew to a close last weekend, as they stormed to a 3-1 win over West Brom to round off an impressive return to Premier League football.

Wednesday, 26th May 2021, 8:14 am
Leeds United transfer news

The club are now putting all their efforts into the summer transfer window, and it will be fascinating to see how the Whites look to strengthen their side over the next couple of months.

Elsewhere, England are gearing up for next month's Euro 2020 tournament, and Leeds ace Patrick Bamford has been controversially left out of the Three Lions' 33-man provisional squad, despite netting 17 goals this season.

Discussing his decision, England boss Gareth Southgate said: “I think we've probably looked at the squad in March, the basis of this squad we had in March and we were very pleased.

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Ex-Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino could be set for a sensational return to the club, and is now the favourite to become their next manager. Belgium boss Roberto Martinez is also thought to be in the running. (SkyBet)

“The forwards we've selected were with us in March. There's Danny [Ings] and Patrick Bamford who have had very good seasons - I've said that before.

“But we didn't see any reason to change those positions from the players that did well for us in the games, the three qualifiers we won in March.”

Meanwhile, Leeds ace Kalvin Phillips did make the provisional squad despite suffering a worrying shoulder injury on the final day of the season, while former Whites loan star Ben White was also included, after impressing for Brighton & Hove Albion in the 2020/21 season.

Here are today's biggest transfer stories and the latest team news involving Leeds United and the rest of the Premier League, as the reaction to last season and the build-up to summer transfer window continues:

Aston Villa are rumoured to have opened talks with Norwich City over a move for their star man Emi Buendia, who could cost upwards of £40m. They're looking to beat Arsenal to the Argentine ace, who has scored 15 Championship goals this season. (Football Insider)
Brighton & Hove Albion have been urged to consider a move for Blackburn Rovers sensation Adam Armstrong, as they look to find a reliable goal threat for next season. The £25m-rated ace has netted 28 goals for his side this season. (Sky Sports)
Manchester United have seen their odds of landing Borussia Dortmund sensation Jadon Sancho slashed, and are now odds-on favourites to land the England international. He's likely to cost around £80m. (SkyBet)
Bristol Rovers are rumoured to be considering a move for ex-Sheffield United ace Paul Coutts. The 32-year-old is currently a free agent, after being released by Fleetwood Town. He spent the second half of last season on loan at Salford City. (The 72)
Manchester United are look to be moving closer to agreeing terms with Aston Villa goalkeeper Tom Heaton, as they look to strengthen their goalkeeping options. He joined the Villains from Burnley for £8m back in 2019. (Mirror)
Crystal Palace are believed to have slapped a £40m price tag on star man Wilfried Zaha, as Spurs and Everton prepare to do battle for the Ivory Coast international. He's got two years left on his current Eagles deal. (Daily Mail)
West Ham United have been named among the favourites to land Fulham striker Aleksandar Mitrovic. He joined the club for £22m from Newcastle back in 2018, but could leave the Cottagers following their relegation back to the Championship. (Oddschecker)
Football pundit Noel Whelan has claimed Stade Brest left-back Romain Perraud would be an ideal signing for Leeds United,  and "fit perfectly" into the side, as reports emerge suggesting the clubs are in discussions over a deal. Everton are also said to be keen. (Football Insider)
Leicester City are rumoured to be in the running to land Empoli's teenage midfielder Samuele Ricci. The 19-year-old, who is also said to be on Arsenal's radar, is likely to cost around £12m. (Leicester Mercury)