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Leeds chasing Patrick van Aanholt

Leeds United may not have much to play for between now and the end of the season but it’s hard to deny they haven’t brought great enjoyment to the Premier League.

They press from the front with relentless energy and are swashbuckling in the final third. Strengthening this team, therefore, will be difficult.

What’s the word?

It’s not known how much money Leeds will have to spend during the summer window but one of their first acquisitions could be on a free transfer.

According to The Mirror, the Whites have made Crystal Palace’s Patrick van Aanholt a target.

The left-back was linked with Arsenal during the January transfer window with the defender running down his contract at Selhurst Park.

He is still yet to sign a new deal in the capital and as a result, could move on a free transfer in a few months time.

Do you want PVA at Leeds?

Yes please!

Yes please!

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Van Aanholt currently earns a wage of £54k-per-week at Palace, a pretty considerable amount given Leeds’ wage structure.

Bye-bye Alioski

Reports over the last few months have made it pretty clear that Leeds are in the mood to strengthen their left-sided options.

Gjanni Alioski has been linked with the exit door and could move to Turkish shores if his contract runs out in the summer.

With that in mind, they’d be left rather short at left-back. Stuart Dallas has played there but beyond that, they’d have to choose either Niall Huggins or Leif Davis; two young players still making their way in the game.

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Brest full-back Romain Perraud has been linked, someone Phil Hay rates highly, but if they’re looking for a cheaper alternative, Van Aanholt fits the bill.

The Dutchman is the definition of an attacking full-back and that would suit Marcelo Bielsa perfectly. In the last three seasons, the 30-year-old has scored 11 goals and contributed five assists in the top-flight alone.

Crucially, he possesses plenty of Premier League experience and has the work ethic to suit Bielsa’s plans.

Talking to The Athletic, his former manager at Sunderland, Gus Poyet, once said: “He’s a very offensive full-back. He has an explosive ability to go forward and help the team to create chances.”

During the course of his career, Van Aanholt has provided 1.2 shots and one key pass per match. For a full-back, those are eye-catching numbers.

If Alioski does leave, signing a left-back becomes a necessity. They could do far worse than the Palace defender in the summer.

AND in other news, Leeds have their perfect Pablo heir in rarely-seen 19 y/o, he’s a “great talent”…

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