By Craig Scott

4th Sep, 2020 | 8:40pm

Newcastle confident they will beat Leeds to double swoop after Whites hold talks - report

Newcastle United are confident they will beat Leeds United to the signings of Ryan Fraser and Rob Holding, according to 90min.

The football news website claims that Leeds have held talks about signing Fraser, 26, on a free transfer following his exit from Bournemouth in June.

It is understood that West Brom, Fulham and Crystal Palace have also discussed a free transfer for the Scotland international but Newcastle see themselves as being in pole position to strike a deal.

Steve Bruce could also beat Marcelo Bielsa to Arsenal defender Holding.

According to 90min, Leeds are “in the running” to sign the 24-year-old but again, Newcastle believe they are favourites at this stage.

This shouldn’t concern Leeds fans too much.

The Whites completed a deal for Germany centre-back Robin Koch last week and The Athletic journalist Phil Hay has suggested Bielsa might consider signing another centre-back after previously reporting that the Argentine is happy with just the one new addition.

Fraser is an interesting one, though.

According to Hay, Leeds have not made a new move to sign Rangers winger Ryan Kent, adding that the Yorkshire club might have set their sights on a different wide player to add to Bielsa’s squad before the transfer window closes next month.

Fraser has 120 Premier League appearances to his name, is available on a free transfer and can play on both wings so he certainly fits the bill of someone who Leeds and Bielsa might want to sign.

But 90min’s update suggests it will be tough for the Whites to secure both Fraser and Holding, with Newcastle confident they can force through a deal before any of their Premier League rivals.

In other Leeds United news, this 24-year-old is not in Bielsa’s plans for the upcoming season.