By David Woods

1st Apr, 2021 | 5:03pm

Hay: Leeds looking at other players, not De Paul

Phil Hay has poured cold water on a potential Rodrigo De Paul to Leeds United transfer happening this summer.

The Athletic journalist claimed that Leeds are looking at other players and wouldn’t want De Paul if they can land them in the next window.

Leeds fans have never given up on signing the Udinese midfielder after being constantly linked with a move since last summer.

The latest strong link came this week in TuttoAtalanta who claimed Leeds were winning the race to sign him this summer.

However, talking on the latest episode of his podcast, Hay said that Leeds have a very different narrative going on.

“The peculiar thing with this last summer, when the story first broke and I think it was the Telegraph who first broke that Leeds were interested, there seemed to be an assumption that he’d sign, that he would be next through the door,” Hay said.

“Part of the reason was that Leeds had just spent £27m on Rodrigo and it was clear they were going big.

“The problem is it never got anywhere near being a done deal. I’m not convinced it’s going to happen.

“He is a very good player, we should say that. He falls into the area that Leeds are looking at, that eight/ten hybrid.

“They will try to do something there. From what I’m told they’re looking at other players, I don’t think he’d be the player they’d want to bring in if they can get exactly who they want. But you never say never.”

Trust in Bielsa but…

The refrain from Leeds fans is “Trust in Bielsa” – unless, seemingly, it’s about Rodrigo De Paul.

Lots of fans (and we’re guilty here) seem almost desperate for him to sign but the same enthusiasm doesn’t seem to be there from the club.

That does seem odd. De Paul has had a fantastic campaign in Serie A and created more chances than “any other player in Europe’s top five leagues this season.” [WhoScored]

He plays in a position that Leeds are weak in, and he made clear from his social media activity last summer that he wanted to come to Elland Road.

As Hay said, never say never, but unless Leeds are trying to keep their interest under their hat, and there doesn’t seem to be any reason why they would do that, it just doesn’t look like it’s going to happen.

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