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Fran Sol reportedly rejected MLS club Real Salt Lake for Leeds

Sol has been linked before, but there appears to be more smoke from this fire

Willem II v Sparta Rotterdam - Eredivisie
Fran Sol, right, playing for Willem II
Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images

Remember those rumours that Fran Sol from Willem II was set to sign for Leeds United?

Well, turns out those rumours might have some legs to them after all. Real Salt Lake in MLS was reportedly all set to sign the 26 year-old Spanish striker from the Eredivisie until Leeds came in with a last-minute bid.

The report from Jon Mackenzie that Sol was set to sign for RSL until Sol heard that Leeds were interested was also verified to us at Through It All Together from our friends at RSL Soapbox, the SB Nation team site for Real Salt Lake. They had also heard rumours that Sol was set to sign for RSL and that he has reportedly backed out at the last minute due to interest from Leeds.

Sol’s got an extremely impressive striking record at Willem II, as he’s now scored 17 goals in 20 appearances this season. The former Spain U19 player spent many years bouncing around the lower divisions of Spanish football, usually on loans, but was good enough at one point to be signed as a youth player to Real Madrid and later to Villarreal before going to The Netherlands.

Will this rumour pan out? It’s certainly got a lot more solid today than it had a few weeks ago when Sol was linked to half the clubs in England. It wouldn’t appear that Leeds would be interested in another striker, as the club is reportedly looking for a winger or attacking midfielder. Sol has played the striker position almost exclusively, and at Willem II, it appears that he usually plays up top in a 4-3-3 with wings on either side of him. Of course, under Bielsa, players can sometimes change position and play in other roles, as it seems that Wales international Tyler Roberts has been training to play as a enganche or “number 10.” So while Leeds aren’t exactly after a “striker” they might be interested in a forward that can score goals, which it appears that Sol can provide.