Leeds United transfer rumours: Gjanni Alioski 'set to join' European club, Whites urged to sign former Sunderland star

Leeds United’s reported search for a left-back this summer is again doing the rounds across the web.

Tuesday, 23rd March 2021, 2:10 pm
Elland Road, the home of Leeds United Football Club. (Photo by NAOMI BAKER/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

And according to Football Insider, Gjanni Alioksi has agreed a pre-contract with Turkish giants Galatasaray ahead of joining at the end of the season.

If reports are confirmed to be true, the North Macedonian international will depart Elland Road after four years.

During that time, Alioski has become a terrace favourite, playing a key part in returning the club to the Premier League.

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Wolves are in the hunt to sign Sevilla winger Lucas Ocampos for less than his £62million release clause. However, Nuno Espirito Santo will need to sell at least one of his first-team stars to raise the funds. (Football Insider)

The 29-year-old has held talks over an extension with Leeds but so far, an agreement is yet to be reached.

Director of football Victor Orta was thought to be in the market for a left-back this summer, regardless of Alioski’s situation.

A couple of names have been linked recently, including Stade Brest’s Romain Perraud and Werder Bremen’s Ludwig Augustinsson.

However, it is Crystal Palace’s Patrick van Aanholt that seems to be sticking the most as he enters the final few months of his contract.

Manchester City are interested in signing Southampton striker Danny Ings, who is entering the final year of his contract, as a potential successor to Sergio Aguero. Ings has scored eight league goals this season. (Sky Sports)

The latest mention of van Aanholt to Elland Road comes from former Sunderland striker Kevin Phillips, who is backing the Whites to pursue the Dutchman.

He said: “He’s showed he’s assured in a specialised position that he knows very well. We all know Leeds will be looking at that area this summer.

“He’s very good going forward which Bielsa will like. At times he gets caught out defensively but you can get away with that when you’re playing with Kalvin Phillips.

“That could be a signing that will go under the radar but prove to be a very good addition.”

Red Bull Salzburg forward Patson Daka, who has scored 20 goals in 18 games this season, is attracting the attention of Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool and Arsenal. (Daily Mail)

Indeed, Bielsa has rotated between Stuart Dallas and Alioski this season. As per The Athletic, it is believed Orta is eyeing up to five signings in the close season.

Here are the latest transfer headlines from Leeds and their Premier League rivals:

Burnley are keeping a close eye on former Leeds United youngster Mallik Wilks with a view to launching a summer move. The 22-year-old has scored 17 goals for Hull City in League One this term. (Football League World)
Sheffield United have shortlisted Oxford United manager Karl Robinson as a potential successor to Chris Wilder, however former Fulham and Watford boss Slavisa Jokanovic remains their number one target. (The Sun)
Blades midfielder Sander Berge is being eyed by Liverpool as a replacement for Georginio Wijnaldum, who looks set to join Barcelona at the end of the season. Aston Villa are also interested in the Norwegian. (Eurosport via The Sun)
Chris Wilder’s former assistant manager Alan Knill is set to follow him out the door at Bramall Lane after rejecting the offer of a new role - believed to be director of football. (Daily Mirror)
Reported Leeds target Douglas Costa - currently on loan at Bayern Munich - could be allowed to leave Juventus on a free transfer in the summer in order to get his rumoured £160,000-a-week wages off their books. (Calciomercato)
Newcastle United are planning to push ahead with a deal to bring former academy product Adam Armstrong back to Tyneside - regardless of whether they are relegated or not. The 24-year-old is valued at around £16milliom. (TEAMTalk)
Leeds United left-back Gjanni Alioski has agreed a pre-contract with Turkish giants Galatasaray after talks over an extension at Elland Road proved unsuccessful. (Football Insider)