By Dave Woods

5th Aug, 2019 | 4:44pm

Leeds plot to beat Newcastle to Colidio signing

Leeds are battling to convince Inter Milan striker Facundo Colidio to sign ahead of the Thursday transfer deadline. 

Football Insider has claimed that Leeds are in talks with the Italain side over a loan-to-buy move for Colidio, but that Premier League outfit Newcastle also want him and are favourites to land him.

Newcastle held talks last week while Leeds have moved after it became clear that Kemar Roofe was set to move to Anderlecht.

The one trump card that Leeds have is a faster route to first-team football, with Colidio likely to play for the Newcastle Under-23 side initially.

The 19-year-old Argentine moved to Inter from Boca Juniors two years ago but hasn’t made an appearance for the first team yet.

He has made the bench three times this year, though, in the games against Cagliari, Genoa and Lazio.

InterNews has claimed that Leeds would have to pay between £7.3m and £9.2m for the player, which would make him more expensive than Patrick Bamford.

With Inter not interested in sending him out on loan unless there’s an obligation to buy in the summer, you have to imagine that Marcelo Bielsa is pretty sure about his potential.

It would be another huge commitment after agreeing to make Helder Costa’s move permanent next summer for £15m.