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Paul Robinson has said that he’s “surprised” to hear that Leeds have been linked with a move for Ronaldo Vieira.

Leeds sold Vieira two years ago for a sum of £6.4m and the now 22-year-old has since had a successful time at Sampdoria.

Italian newspaper Il Secolo XIX said that Leeds had sent scouts to watch Vieira, who could be available for £9m.

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Talking exclusively to MOT Leeds News, Robinson said, “Once a player has been let go by a team, you’re always surprised to see them being linked with a move back to the club. Especially after such a short period of time.

“But Ronaldo Vieira has done really well at Sampdoria so that might explain it.

“If there were any thoughts about re-signing a player there could be a clause in his sale contract that gives Leeds first option to bring him back.

“I’m surprised, though, that Leeds are being linked with a player they were happy to let go just two seasons ago.”

The Vieira sale wasn’t as clearcut as Leeds wanting to move a player on.

Marcelo Bielsa admitted that he had wanted to keep Vieira but the sale was necessary to fund a move for Patrick Bamford.

Owner Andrea Radrizzani said it was a sacrifice that the club had had to make.

That could explain why Leeds would be looking to bring him back and a pricetag of £9m makes a cheap option in today’s market.

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