By David Woods

15th Apr, 2021 | 7:32am

Leeds United in hunt for Real Betis left-back Alex Moreno

Leeds United are in the hunt for 27-year-old left-back Alex Moreno, according to TeamTalk

The Real Betis player can play anywhere on the left, at left-back, in left midfield or on the left wing. Left-back is his main position.

There is competition for his signature, with West Ham also said to be interested in the player, who’s made 20 appearances in La Liga this season.

Moreno signed for Betis in 2019 for a fee of just over £6m and his contract contains a release clause of £34.7m according to Estadio Deportivo.

However, Betis could be forced to sell him for less than that as they’re one of the clubs in Spain who are in huge financial trouble because of the Covid pandemic.

Spain and France the targets this summer

Leeds are in a strong position this summer. They’re a buying club with available cash in a world when many other clubs are going to be forced to sell.

France and Spain are the two big areas where there could be serious bargains to be had.

Talking on a recent episode of the Talking Shutt podcast, football finance supremo Kieran Maguire said, “French football has collapsed, it’s in crisis. You can buy players at liquidation prices. £20m players will be picked up for £9m, you can get three for the price of two.

“The Spain market is terrible, no one has money to buy so they have to sell to buy. Leeds…  are in a really good position.”

There’s no way that Leeds would pay £34.7m for a 27-year-old like Moreno.

However, with his versatility and Betis in trouble, this one could have legs if the price is slashed.

However, we still hope that Romain Perraud is the left-back that Leeds bring in.

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