Phil Hay reacts as Ola Aina is constantly linked with Leeds United transfer
Phil Hay doubts that Leeds United are in the hunt to sign Ola Aina from Torino despite reports in Italy linking him with a move to West Yorkshire.
Corriere Granata reported on 13 January that Leeds are in talks to sign the 25-year-old full-back, who can play on the right or left-hand side of the defence.
It was claimed that he’s valued at £8.3million with Torino willing to listen to offers.
However, The Athletic journalist Hay doesn’t feel as though there’s anything in it as he casts doubt on claims that emerge from Italy that links players with a switch to Elland Road.
“You do tend to find in Italy the links to Leeds are vast of players who Leeds have had a little bit of a look at or in some cases, haven’t really looked at at all,” Hay on the latest episode of The Phil Hay Show on Friday [21 January].
“There’s one at Torino (Aina) at the moment that I keep reading about constantly and one of the pieces tends to be, ‘if Leeds want to sign this guy, Torino are willing to listen to offers’.
“But do Leeds want to sign him though? And if they don’t and if they’re not interested, then what is the point in that story? What does it mean?”
Leeds could do with adding some depth to their full-back positions.
Stuart Dallas can cover both the left and right-back roles but he is better off being used in the midfield. However, he is there as an option.
After Junior Firpo, Marcelo Bielsa also has Pascal Struijk and Leo Hjelde who can play at left-back.
On the other side of the defence, Luke Ayling is the first choice and then there is also Jamie Shackleton.
Unfortunately, Cody Drameh has been loaned out and Shackleton is someone who’s had a couple of injuries this season. But still, there are options for us to get by without splashing over £8million on Aina.
The former Chelsea and Fulham defender simply isn’t worth that much and we’d rather see that money go towards adding some realy quality to the midfield.
In other Leeds United news, Leeds have been told to pay over £6million to sign a “terrific” player who’s been tipped to move on.