Leeds eye cut-price transfer for former Real Madrid striker to rival Patrick Bamford

Leeds have reportedly identified Espanyol striker Raul de Tomas as a transfer target this summer and they could secure a deal at a cut-price due to the club’s relegation from La Liga. Marcelo Bielsa is looking to add around five faces to his squad as the Whites look to consolidate their top-flight status once again following a 16-year absence.

The Argentine wants to add another striker to his squad to rival Patrick Bamford.

The former Chelsea forward has received his fair share of criticism, despite finishing up as Leeds’ top goalscorer in the Championship having found the net 16 times.

Che Adams had been on the club’s radar in January but Southampton were reluctant to let him leave on loan.

Having finished the season well with the Saints, Leeds are likely to pursue other options given that they will need additional firepower to beat the drop.

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Leeds owner Andrea Radrizzani has already spoken about the club’s interest in free agent Edinson Cavani.

The Uruguayan will leave Paris Saint-Germain upon the expiry of his deal once their Champions League campaign is complete.

But he is not the only name they are keeping tabs on.

According to Spanish outlet AS, Leeds are exploring the prospect of signing former Real Madrid man Raul de Tomas.

The striker only moved to Espanyol in January in a deal worth £20.5million.

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However, after they were relegated from La Liga the club may have to cash in on the 25-year-old.

Former Leeds goalkeeper Paul Robinson believes his old side need to start the transfer window by securing permanent deals for two of their Championship-winning squad.

“Consolidation is the right word, they need to stay in the Premier League,” Robinson told Sky Sports.

“Spending has to be sensible and has to be geared to keep the club in the Premier League.

“They’ve had a player on loan Ben White from Brighton who has been in my opinion player of the season. Him and Jack Harrison would be key if they could possibly retain them.

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“Brighton have gone on record by saying they don’t want Ben White to leave and quite rightly so.

“I’m sure he will have much bigger potential suitors and maybe even Champions League football because he’s such a good player.

“They have to sign very sensibly. The team that gets you out of the Championship does not always keep you in the Premier League, look at Norwich this year, no disrespect to them but you have to reinforce that team to stay in the Premier League.

“You look at Aston Villa, you invest to stay in the Premier League and they’re hanging on by their bootlaces.

“You have to have a budget, you have to spend it wisely and with Marcelo Bielsa at the helm, Leeds United are a different animal in the transfer market.

“He attracts top players because he is a top player.”

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