Van Nistelrooy and Lampard: 10 of the biggest names that almost joined Leeds United

Missing out on players is just part and parcel of football - but some of these are a definite 'what if' moment for Leeds United.

Thursday, 29th November 2018, 10:48 am
Updated Thursday, 29th November 2018, 10:50 am
Missing out on players is just part and parcel of football - but some of these are a definite 'what if' moment for Leeds United.

From Frank Lampard to Ruud Van Nistelrooy, the Whites really have missed out of some world class additions - but which other big names have Leeds missed out on? Scroll down and click through the pages to see - and let us know your thoughts.

Rio Ferdinand tried to persuade his former West Ham teammate to join him at Elland Road, but it was the mega riches of Chelsea who won the race. Leeds had reportedly lined up a 10million bid for the futureEngland international.
In 2011, Leeds moved for then 38-year-old Dudek following his release from Real Madrid. However, it proved too ambitious for Simon Grayson as his wages provided an initial stumbling block. It was that and the fact he went on to retire in the same year.

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Ex-Leeds managing director Bill Fotherby managed topersuade Maradona's agent to enter talksover a potential move to Elland Road in 1987. However, super agent Jon Smith later revealed the talk of a move wastentative - but imagine if he'd joined!
The Whites agreed a fee believed to be in the region of3.25million with Dundee United in 1993.Doug Smith, chairman at the Scottish club, announced it was up to Leeds to agree terms with the player. That didn't happen, though, as he joined Rangers instead.
Twice Leeds tried to sign Peter Beardsley. First, in 1983, the Whites wanted him fromVancouver Whitecaps but couldn't stump up the funds. Then in 1991, when surplus to requirements at Liverpool, back Leeds came with serious interestbut Beardsley pursued a move to Everton.
Leeds tried to bring Dyer to Yorkshirein 1999 but he opted for Newcastle instead. Dyer's comments of joining a 'real club' got under the skins of Leeds fans, which resultedinplenty of stick when he visited Elland Road.
David O'Leary set his sights on 15million-rated Van Bommel but a move never materialised. The Dutchman stirred a lively debate when he reportedly told the media Leeds were not a big enough for him to be prised away from his homeland.
Van Nistelrooy was on Leeds' radar well before he joined Manchester United.The Dutchmanimpressed Leeds manager David O'Leary while at PSV and he made his move in 2001. Unfortunately for the Whites, so did the Red Devils.
Christophe Demougeot, the scout who firstspottedAnthony Knockaert, revealed the Brighton man had gone on trial with Leeds, although admitted it didn't go according to plan. He said: "He was on trial at Leeds. That didnt go so well."
We'll be honest, this one is a little premature as Barton only expressed an interest in moving to Leeds - but the call never came. Via his Twitter account last year, Barton called the Whites a 'good club' and a 'sleeping giant'.