Mike McGrath: Leeds 'looking to sign' £10m-rated club captain after Hernandez injury
Leeds United are “looking to sign” AZ Alkmaar skipper Teun Koopmeiners, according to Telegraph journalist Mike McGrath.
In a report on Friday, McGrath said that Leeds want to bolster their ranks after losing Pablo Hernandez to injury last week.
Hernandez missed the 4-3 win against Fulham and is expected to miss out again when Leeds travel to Bramall Lane to take on Sheffield United on Sunday.
Koopmeiners has come through the ranks at Alkmaar and has been a regular for three seasons.
He scored 11 goals and added two assists in the 19/20 Eredivisie.
McGrath said AZ would expect a fee “in excess of £10m” to seal the deal.
Koopmeiners not the answer for Hernandez
The loss of Hernandez is always a blow for Leeds and it highlights the need for another signing this summer.
Rodrigo De Paul would be the perfect player to use when Hernandez is out, with Leeds linked strongly to the Udinese star.
And, after the veteran Leeds star struggled towards the end of last season and is now missing games this season already, quality cover is desperately needed.
Tyler Roberts or Rodrigo will get the nod on Sunday and we think it could be the Spain international who could miss out.
Rodrigo played the first half against Fulham and Roberts the second. Neither player was brilliant but Roberts put in a better display than Rodrigo.
However, despite his goals last season, Koopmeiners is more of a defensive midfielder and has also played at centre-back.
He would be seen more as cover for Kalvin Phillips and the backline, and Leeds would still need a number 10 if he came in.
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