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Exclusive: Ex-Leeds ace makes claim over De Paul deal

Former Leeds United ace David Norris believes that the club are genuinely interested in signing Rodrigo De Paul this summer and thinks the player will want the move too.

Leeds’ interest in De Paul has become a long-running saga over the past few months.

They were widely tipped to have an interest last summer and were even reported to have tabled a bid for the Argentina international. He is valued at £34.2m by Transfermarkt.

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That was rejected by Udinese and they could revisit the interest this summer as they look to strengthen Marcelo Bielsa’s squad after a superb season in which they finished in the Premier League’s top half.

Norris believes that both parties will be showing an interest in the move, and he believes that De Paul will want to make the move to Elland Road as the summer transfer window progresses.

Speaking exclusively to Football FanCast, he said: “Yeah I think so. As players, you normally know the club’s interest way before it comes out into the press so there’s definitely going to have been some contact made and the fact that it’s still got legs to it means both parties are showing an interest.

“If Leeds have touched base with someone in that way and it wasn’t something he was interested in, we wouldn’t be hearing about it until now. It’d be no, the player doesn’t want it, move on.

“So the fact that has happened and it’s still got legs to it definitely means there’s still an interest from the player and there’s clearly massive interest from the club so he would have known of Leeds’ interest before it came out to all of us.”

Norris’ only worry is that Liverpool have also been linked, and he is concerned that De Paul could have his head turned.

“It’ll just be now whether he gets his head turned by Liverpool coming in or a club a little bit bigger where he might think ‘what shall I do now’ otherwise it looked like it was going to be a Leeds move all the way.”

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