By Sean Fisher

15th Sep, 2022 | 11:40am

Leeds United target Valentin Castellanos wants to 'stay in Europe' amid Elland Road links

Leeds United have been given a boost in their chances of signing Valentin Castellanos after the on-loan striker said he wants to stay in Europe after his spell in Spain.

Castellanos has made a strong start to his loan spell in Girona after joining from them New York City in the summer, after catching the eye of both Leeds and Newcastle United [Dean Jones, GiveMeSport].

The 23-year-old Argentine made over 100 appearances for parent club New York before making a temporary move to Girona.

But with Leeds still on the lookout for a long-term forward, Castellanos has given a promising update on his future plans following his stay in Spain.

“Without a doubt, I want to stay in Europe,” Castellanos told Mundo Deportivo, as quoted by the Yorkshire Evening Post.

“It’s always been my dream, that’s what I aspire to and that’s why I work every day. I feel I have what it takes to be in this league.”

A hidden gem

Despite Leeds dipping into the transfer market to pick up the highly-rated Wilfried Gnonto this summer – the club is still desperate to add reinforcements in the striking department.

Patrick Bamford’s consistent injury problems mean that squad depth is essential up front, and Rodrigo cannot shoulder all the responsibility himself.

The club’s failed attempts to sign both Cody Gakpo and Bamba Dieng this summer left them with just Gnonto walking through the doors at Elland Road, but the 18-year-old is more of a long-term project than an immediate starter.

With that in mind, Castellanos is exactly what Jesse Marsch’s side is crying out for – a reliable and consistent goalscorer willing to press and defend from the front.

Whether it be in January or next summer, it seems nailed on that Leeds will return to the MLS once more to add firepower to their squad – this time in the shape of Castellanos.

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