The Yorkshire Evening Post’s Phil Hay has today reported that Marcelo Bielsa has targeted Wolverhampton’s Helder Costa and Brighton & Hove Albion young centre-half Ben White as loan targets in this summer’s window. Signing a winger is a priority for the Leeds United having lost out on Swansea City winger Daniel James in January, who is now seems to be on his way to Manchester United.
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. Leeds are known to be in the hunt for a second loan deal for Manchester City’s Jack Harrison. 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 Jack Clarke, speaking of whom scored 2 and asisted 2 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.
Leeds have also been linked with Brighton’s Ben White, the 21 year old played with Newport County and Peterborough United last season on loan. White helped keep three clean-sheets while at Peterborough, scoring once in 16 matches. Meanwhile, White also played 51 matches overall for Newport, scoring once and assisting five. The 21 year old also has little experience at right back, assisting three in three.
Bielsa’s camp begins June 24th and it remains to be seen how this summer will pan out with interest from QSI possibly boosting transfer spending should a deal be sealed for a minor stake.