David Norris expects Leeds United to attempt to sign Rodrigo De Paul

Ex-Leeds United midfielder David Norris expects his former club to attempt to sign Rodrigo De Paul from Udinese ahead of next season.

De Paul, 27, has been strongly linked [Il Milanista] with a move to Elland Road since last summer after he took to Twitter to declare his interest in joining the Yorkshire club.

However, Leeds’ director of football Victor Orta has recently admitted a move for the Argentina international would prove “difficult” while speaking on The Phil Hay Show.

That hasn’t curbed Norris’ ambition for Leeds though with the pundit tipping the Whites to have as good go at landing the Udinese midfielder.

“That one’s not gone away for a year now. I fully expect that he knows Leeds are interested now,” Norris told Football Transfer Tavern.

“Leeds have shown an interest for a long time, so normally with that perseverance, I’d absolutely expect Leeds to try to get that one over the line. He fits their style of play, Leeds will have done due diligence on him and from what we’ve seen of him, and the way Leeds play, he would suit their style of play.

“He seems to want the move, Leeds want it, so I expect Leeds to really go after that one and just hope, potentially, they don’t get gazumped.”

‘World-class’ midfielder

Leeds should be doing everything they can to sign a player of De Paul’s ilk.

Udinese’s sporting director Pierpaolo Marino has previously called De Paul “a world-class player” [Sempre Inter] and based on the numbers, it’s hard to disagree.

Stats by Wyscout show that De Paul attempted 270 one-v-one dribbles in Serie A this season, ranking him seventh in Europe’s top-five leagues.

He also played 35 key passes, which ranks him joint-sixth in Europe’s best leagues alongside Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi.

Who’d have thought Leeds would be linked with a player who’s matched Messi just a few years after Paul Heckingbottom was made manager?

De Paul’s got huge talent and at the age of 27, he’d be someone who could offer plenty of good years.

However, someone of his talent is bound to be scooped up by a club in the Champions League or, at the very least, in the Europa League.

Leeds cannot offer European football just yet but they can promise one of the best coaches in the world as their manager, they can promise Premier League football, they should be able to promise good wages and they can definitely promise the best set of supporters in the world.

It’s worth a go at signing him.

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