Leeds United are not interested in signing AZ Alkmaar midfielder Teun Koopmeiners with Rodrigo De Paul still being their “dream signing”, according to LeedsLive journalist Beren Cross.
The Telegraph reported on Friday that Leeds are looking to sign the left-footed 22-year-old with Marcelo Bielsa keen to bolster his midfield options before the transfer window slams shut next week.
However, writing in a Q&A session on the LeedsLive website, Cross ruled out a late swoop for the Netherlands Under-21 international and added that Udinese’s De Paul is still the Whites’ top target.
“Been told they are not interested in Koopmeiners,” said the journalist.
“De Paul still seems to be the dream signing, but work to be done with Udinese if that’s going to happen.
“Bielsa would not be drawn on positions he wants filling in today’s press conference.”
Leeds fans took to Twitter to rave about the possibility of signing Koopmeiners on Friday but it seems that the Dutchman won’t be heading to Elland Road any time soon.
Koopmeiner is a left-footed midfielder who plays in a deep-lying role like Kalvin Phillips or as a ball-playing centre-back.
Leeds have plenty of depth in the holding midfield and centre-back positions and although Koopmeiners would add a lot of quality, the Whites probably cannot justify spending millions on a player they don’t really need.
De Paul, 26, seems like a different kind of midfielder to Koopmeiners as he plays a bit more on the right-hand side and in a more attacking role.
If anyone is going to be a long-term replacement for Pablo Hernandez, or even replace the Spaniard in Bielsa’s first-team, it’s going to be De Paul.
However, Udinese’s reluctance to sell him could mean Leeds eye other players instead.
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