Leeds United are interested in a deal to bring Gustavo Hamer to Elland Road in the summer transfer window.
That’s according to a report by Coventry Live, who claimed that Brighton & Hove Albion have now joined the Whites in their interest in a move for the Coventry City midfielder – who is reported to be valued at more than £5m by the Championship side – this summer.
The report added that the likes of Celtic, Rangers, Brentford and Norwich City are also keeping tabs on the 24-year-old, although the Sky Blues’ chief executive Dave Boddy recently revealed that he is not overly keen on the idea of sanctioning the sale of the Brazi-born Netherlands youth international.
In comments made earlier this month, Boddy said: “There’s clearly going to be a lot of interest in our players this summer because of the success that we have had, and the success that they have had this season. Market forces will always dictate what happens to players but we will not let players go for anything less than we believe to be the market value.
“We are not looking to sell anybody. We are trying to protect them all and I think we have shown that ambition by extending their contracts during the season. But if people do come knocking they’ll get short shrift unless they come up with the values that we believe the players are worth. And even then we will fight it.
“But the market dictates what players do sometimes. We are not looking to sell and will do our best to protect our assets but we won’t be giving players away, that’s for sure.”
Considering just how impressive Harmer was for Coventry this season, it is not difficult to see why Victor Orta would be keen on a deal to bring the 24-year-old to LS11 this summer.
Indeed, over his 39 Championship appearances in 2021/22, the £2.7m-rated talent was imperious in the heart of Mark Robins’ side. He scored three goals, registered 10 assists and created 14 big chances for his team-mates, along with taking 1.7 shots, making 1.6 key passes and completing 0.7 dribbles per game.
The £6.5k-per-week midfielder also impressed in metrics more typical of his position, completing 37.3 passes, 1.2 interceptions, 1.9 tackles and 3.7 long balls and winning 3.3 duels per match.
These returns saw the player who Marko Marosi dubbed “unbelievable” and Robins labelled “special” average a fantastic SofaScore match rating of 7.23, not only ranking him as Coventry’s best performer in the league but also as the sixth-best player in the entire division
For comparison, over Kalvin Phillips’ 37 Championship appearances for Leeds back in 2019/20, the £60m-valued midfielder scored two goals, provided two assists and created six big chances, in addition to taking 0.5 shots, making 1.8 key passes and completing 0.5 dribbles per game.
The England international also completed 44.9 passes, 1.4 interceptions, 2.6 tackles, 5.3 long balls and won 6.4 duels per match, with these returns seeing the £38k-per-week Thorp Arch academy graduate average a SofaScore match rating of 7.28.
As such, it is clear to see that Harmer and Phillips are two players who boast very similar traits, leading us to believe that Orta must do everything he can to land the Dutchman this summer, as Hamer could quite easily prove to be the Whites’ next big thing in the middle of the park.