Leeds United transfer news as Lewis Bate bids rejected already
Leeds United rejected numerous summer bids for Lewis Bate from clubs outside of England, according to Football League World.
The online source has reported on its website [21 November] that one of those clubs would have offered European Conference League action to the young midfielder.
It is said that Bate is desperate to play for Leeds having had a lack of opportunity since signing from Chelsea, with his contract expiring at the end of this season.
There is said to be hope already that clubs want to sign Bate in January, whether on loan or permanently, after his temporary spell at Oxford last season.
Marcelo Bielsa saw great things for the youngster, but a large group of managers have been and gone since, with Daniel Farke the latest to bring in new faces in midfield.
It is hard to see anything but Bate leaving the club after failing to make a huge impact at Elland Road.
Since arriving in West Yorkshire, the likes of Darko Gyabi and more recently, Archie Gray have certainly jumped ahead of him in the pecking order.
The latter is the next huge thing to come out of Thorp Arch, and although playing mainly in defence this season, would be next in line to the throne in midfield if needed.
A new contract could be agreed in the hope that he kicks on again in the next couple of years, but football is a brutal game and it looks more likely that he will be shipped away, maybe even in January.
Leeds did pay big money for an academy player from Chelsea though, so there may be a wish to push him along themselves, with Bate himself said to be desperate.
This will be one to watch as we enter January, and it looks as though he will not be short of suitors.
In other Leeds United news, sources reveal that the Whites want to sign an EFL ‘Star’ and his club may be forced to sell him in January.