Leeds United want to sign Bournemouth midfielder Jefferson Lerma on free transfer, offer on table
Leeds United want to sign Bournemouth midfielder Jefferson Lerma when his contract expires at the end of the season, according to Matteo Moretto.
The Colombian midfielder scored twice in the recent 4-1 win against Leeds at Elland Road, and is on the club’s shortlist to strengthen the squad in the summer transfer window.
His current contract is set to expire at the end of the season and he has attracted the attention of several clubs across Europe, with offers already tabled to convince him to move to his next club.
“Jefferson Lerma, proper market name,” he wrote on his personal Twitter account (8 May).
“The Colombian is having a great season and his contract ends in June. Bournemouth wants to renew him but there are many offers on the table.
“Teams from Spain, Italy and England, very attentive. Among them, Aston Villa, West Ham, Leeds and Newcastle.”
Leeds have had some serious midfield issues this season with Marc Roca struggling to adapt to the Premier League in his first full season, while Tyler Adams has struggled with injury in the second half of the campaign.
Weston McKennie’s future at the club is far from certain but he hasn’t really lived up to his reputation either and that area of the pitch needs bolstering.
With our Premier League status far from secure it seems unlikely that Lerma would make the decision to join us any time soon, but if we can survive the drop then he would be a solid acquisition.
At 28 he is in the prime of his career and he has plenty of top flight experience too which would help lift the quality and depth of the squad.
There is plenty of competition and of course it will be difficult to complete, but anything is possible if we stay in the league.
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