By Craig Scott

9th Jun, 2022 | 1:10pm

Leeds United push for agreement to sign Bayern Munich ace Marc Roca - Phil Hay

Leeds United are in the hunt to sign Bayern Munich midfielder Marc Roca after wrapping up a deal for right-back Rasmus Kristensen, according to The Athletic journalist Phil Hay.

Writing on The Athletic website on 9 June, Hay reported that Roca, 25, is available for around £10million and “sources in Germany say” West Ham are also keen on the ex-Spain Under-21 international.

It is understood that Leeds initially identified Roca as a target in January 2022 but they “are pushing for an agreement” now with Jesse Marsch and Victor Orta keen to bolster the midfield options at Elland Road.

Get it done

If Leeds can finish June with two new midfielders in the squad and a new right-back, we have to say we’ll be very impressed with the way Orta has conducted his business.

Brenden Aaronson and Rasmus Kristensen should end up being good signings and even if Roca isn’t the biggest name on the teamsheet at Bayern Munich, it’s still a Spanish midfielder who’d be joining the Whites from one of the biggest and best clubs in the world.

Roca has barely played for Bayern in two years, earning just 24 appearances in all competitions across two seasons.

German magazine Kicker reported on 19 May that “Roca wants to take on a new challenge and be sold” this summer if a club from a top league comes along to try and sign him. It is understood that “Bayern will not stand in the way of this request and will try to generate a decent fee”.

If Leeds offer an acceptable sum of money then we don’t see why Roca would turn us down based on that information.

Leeds need a new central midfielder badly and while Roca plays deeper, in front of the defence, he’d be a good back-up or partner for Kalvin Phillips.

Of course, 26-year-old Phillips could still leave Leeds with Manchester City widely reported to be keen.

If that ends up happening, we should have the money to buy someone better than Roca.

In other Leeds United news, the Whites have been told to seal a superstar signing by Harry Redknapp.