The Telegraph’s John Percy has reported this afternoon that the deal for Wolverhampton winger Helder Costa to arrive at Leeds United on loan is as good as done, with the transfer expected to go through next week.
This comes following the news that Jack Clarke is set for a switch to Tottenham Hotspur in a deal worth roughly £10 million up-front with incentives and a sell-on clause reportedly involved. Leeds are in the hunt to strengthen on the wing, especially with Pablo Hernandez being 34 years old and Clarke departing. Jack Harrison’s return to Elland Road is also reportedly close with the Manchester City winger splitting opinions among fans, but Bielsa clearly sees a player worth signing once again. The 22 year-old had a rather underwhelming season scoring four and assisting three in 37 championship appearances, while also setting up Kemar Roofe’s goal in the play-off semis with a spectacular cross from the left. However, several of Harrison’s appearances were cut short at half-time to introduce Clarke, who scored two and got two assists in 22 matches, most of which coming off the bench. But Bielsa remains keen on Harrison, and as we all know, the Argentine can improve any player.
Costa had a limited involvement in Nuno Espirito Santo’s side in the Premier League, with 25 league appearances, scoring once while assisting a further two. In his two campaigns in the Championship, the Portuguese international scored 15 goals and assisted 14 in 7 1 matches, as the former Monaco man played an integral part of their promotion campaign.
The Whites remain on the hunt for Liverpool’s Ryan Kent as he return to Anfield from his loan spell with Steven Gerrard’s Rangers FC, while the loan deal for Brighton & Hove Albion’s young centre-half Ben White is expected to be done. The money received from the Jack Clarke sale could open more doors for the Whites in transfer terms but developments on any players outside the declared four remain to be confirmed.