By George Overhill

26th Dec, 2022 | 2:40pm

Alfonso Pedraza is back on the Leeds United radar after becoming “one of the best” in La Liga since his previous spell at Elland Road, Football Espana reports.

The 26-year-old spent the second half of the 2016/17 campaign with the club but his permanent option was not picked up at the time.

But after two more subsequent loans back in Spain he has established himself in the Villarreal side and is now interesting both the Whites and Italian giants Inter.

His quality at left-back over the past two seasons has put him in line for a move, which Football Espana reports both he and his current side are “open” to due to the possibility of netting a strong fee for him.

Thanks to Junior Firpo’s struggles, and the fact that Pedraza’s character and quality are known already in West Yorkshire, the report states that he is a “good candidate to take the starting role.”

Return

It’s no secret that Leeds United have a pressing need for an answer at left-back and bringing back a player who has experience at the club could be a good bet.

The way things have worked out with Firpo show that no transfer is a sure thing, due to all the moving parts involved in the player adapting to a new environment, so Pedraza’s familiarity may reduce the risk.

Pascal Struijk hasn’t done a bad job filling in on the left but it isn’t his natural position and the centre-back spot is in increasing need of help.

As has become a running theme with United transfer targets in recent months however, the presence of Inter in the mix is a concern.

Villarreal’s run to the semi-final of the Champions League last season has given Pedraza considerable experience in the competition, and an inability to offer the same if he returns to West Yorkshire could put the club at a disadvantage against the Serie A giants.

The Whites will have to take advantage of all the links they already have with the player, after he made 14 appearances for them in the Championship, to come out on top and potentially find an answer for one of their real problem positions.

In other Leeds United news, manager Jesse Marsch has spoken out again on one “infuriating” rival player.