By Craig Scott

31st Aug, 2021 | 8:45pm

Graham Smyth: Leeds United close to agreeing Helder Costa loan exit

Leeds United are close to agreeing a deal with Valencia that would see Helder Costa join the Spanish club on loan, according to Graham Smyth.

The Yorkshire Evening Post journalist reported via his personal Twitter account less than three hours before the 11pm deadline that Valencia are edging towards a temporary swoop for 27-year-old Costa.

Interestingly, Costa seems to have followed Valencia on Instagram too, which adds further weight behind claims he’s close to signing for the La Liga club on loan.

Good luck, Helder

It really seems as though Costa is going and there’s absolutely no surprise there at all.

Daniel James’ deadline day arrival from Manchester United has pushed the former Wolves winger further down Marcelo Bielsa’s pecking order, meaning that he would have been unlikely to get much game-time had he stayed at Elland Road.

Costa struggled to get starts last season after Raphinha stamped his authority in the Leeds starting line-up while Jack Harrison, Stuart Dallas, Crysencio Summerville and even Tyler Roberts are also options out wide for Bielsa.

It’s a shame that it hasn’t worked out for Costa at Leeds but it’s really no surprise when you consider the fact that the Portuguese winger was loaned to us by Wolves after he struggled in the top-flight with them.

Valencia will be a good team for Costa to join, especially if you base that on their start to the La Liga season.

As it stands, they are third in La Liga with two wins and a draw from their opening three matches.

Costa will certainly add something for them and maybe the Spanish top-flight will suit his style of play more than the Premier League.

All the best, Helder.

In other Leeds United news, a central midfielder could still join Leeds before the 11pm transfer cut-off.