By Mark Smith

18th Feb, 2021 | 12:00pm

Patrick Bamford namedrops Isco when discussing Leeds transfer plans with Angus Kinnear

Patrick Bamford has jokingly name dropped Real Madrid playmaker Isco when discussing the transfer plans of Leeds United with Angus Kinnear.

The Whites CEO admitted that the club are in a good position to strengthen even further in the summer, after earning survival in the Premier League.

Kinnear shared that Orta has already held discussions with Andrea Radrizzani and Marcelo Bielsa with plans being set in place.

Speaking to the official Leeds United podcast, Bamford suggested the Spanish international after Jermaine Beckford wanted more additions in the final third.

“I’ve heard Isco is unhappy at Madrid, to be honest,” he joked.

Kinnear didn’t directly respond to that claim but did share an insight into what Victor Orta and his team are looking into at this stage.

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“Victor and his scouting team, they work all year round on their assessment of the market and I think our plan with what we did last summer was to build a team that could be the basis for sustained success in the Premier League.

“We’re in good shape, but there will be opportunities to strengthen and Victor has those conversations with Marcelo and Andrea.”

Could you imagine this?

One thing we have learned to do while Bielsa is in charge is never write off the Whites, on and off the pitch.

El Loco and his reputation have seen plenty of doors open at Elland Road, with the likes of Rodrigo and Raphinha being signed – we would have laughed if you suggested those names this time last year.

Isco would be another level though, but it should stay as a joke.

The 28-year-old has only started three La Liga games this season but does currently earn £225,000-a-week, and that is not something that Leeds can offer.

Victor Orta needs to remain smart and efficient in the market, and moves such as the bargain for Raphinha is more what we are expecting this summer.

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