Leeds United chances of signing Patrick Van Aanholt have been boosted as his contract discussions at Crystal Palace have hit a stumbling block, per the Daily Mail.

The left-back was first linked to a move to Elland Road earlier this month by the Mirror.

Palace are keen to keep Van Aanholt but Galatasary have reportedly offered him a three-year deal that will give him a raise on his current £55,000 a week salary.

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Leeds are keen on a left-back and Victor Orta has sought to sign international players since promotion – Van Aanholt fits the criteria.

The right fit

As mentioned, Van Aanholt would add international experience to the squad as well as Premier League know-how.

Gjanni Alioksi has been found out at times this season – Christian Pulisic ran him ragged a couple of weeks ago – and left-back has arguably been our biggest problem position this term.

Van Aanholt would fix that.

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He has played 209 games in the Premier League and his 0.9 dribbles per game (WhoScored) indicates he would suit our attacking style.

The Netherlands international also has 21 goals and 15 assists in the Premier League yet has still managed 1.8 tackles per match.

Last year Tony Cascarino told talkSPORT that Van Aanholt was the best left-back in the league pre-lockdown – equal to Liverpool’s Andy Robertson.

So the Dutchman has pedigree and the ability to match – there is not much to dislike.

The only drawback would be his age and potential wages, but if we want to improve this is the type of singing we need to make.

Any alternative would likely demand a transfer fee as well as a decent salary, so this move makes financial sense too.

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