Leeds are facing Premier League competition in the race to sign Rangers star Glen Kamara in this upcoming summer transfer window.
Reports in recent weeks and months have suggested that Marcelo Bielsa’s side are interested in signing the Finland international this summer, but it now appears that they will have to fend off some intense competition.
The Daily Mail claimed that the likes of Southampton, Brighton and Burnley are also keeping tabs on the midfielder, and that it’s understood Watford would also be interested if they earn promotion back to the Premier League.
The report added that “Kamara is understood to be relaxed over his position”, and that while he still has two years left on his contract at Ibrox and has a good relationship with manager Steven Gerrard, “that is unlikely to prevent Premier League sides testing Rangers’ resolve to hold onto him this summer”.
Given that Leeds’ interest in Kamara first surfaced way back in October amid suggestions that a move could be made in the January transfer window, failing to strike a deal for the midfielder would now go down as a massive mistake by Victor Orta.
The Whites have clearly had their eye on the Finnish ace for quite some time now, and by failing to kick things into gear and sort out a deal as quickly as possible, they have allowed rival Premier League clubs to potentially come in at the last minute and swoop for the 25-year-old.
Neil McCann, his former coach at Dundee, has raved about Kamara previously, and it’s the kind of review which will surely have Marcelo Bielsa very excited at the prospect of working with him at Elland Road.
McCann said of the midfielder: “He isn’t a big, physical lad but he’s made of iron and really strong. I knew immediately that he could handle the ball under pressure and not give it away, so he was perfect. He’s a special talent. He’s lightning-quick but he doesn’t show it. He’s a player who takes instruction well.”
With the news that Leeds aren’t the only club interested in signing him, Orta’s task has just become more difficult – quite frankly, far more so than it actually should have been given they were keen on landing him late last year.
The dilly-dallying surely won’t have Bielsa happy at all.