By Nick Ware

31st Aug, 2021 | 9:10pm

Leeds United winger Helder Costa snubs Sheffield United switch after approach

Sheffield United made an approach to sign Leeds United winger Helder Costa but he looks likely to head to Spain on loan, according to Phil Hay.

Writing via his personal Twitter profile as deadline day started to enter its final hours, Hay claims Yorkshire rivals Sheffield United were interested in the 27-year-old.

“Valencia look like securing Helder Costa before the deadline,” Hay said.

“Turkish interest too and Sheff United had a look but he won’t be going to Bramall Lane.”

He added: “Interest in Costa has been there all summer but he was only going to go if another winger arrived. James in, Costa out. Would be a loan.”

In an update on The Athletic’s live transfer tracker [20:27], Hay added: “Sheffield United enquired but Costa decided against a move.”

Championship level?

Costa has had a couple of cracks at the Premier League but has failed to shine for two different clubs.

He scored just once in 25 games for Wolves in the top-tier while he played understudy to Raphinha and Jack Harrison for Leeds last term.

The Angola-born attacker has shown more promise in the second-tier, though, which is what convinced the Whites to sanction a permanent move for him.

Sheffield United appeared keen but Costa was obviously not keen on dropping back down to the second-tier.

He now looks set for a switch to La Liga to play for Spanish giants Valencia.

It remains to be seen whether there is a permanent clause attached to the loan – given his age, one would assume that would be something Leeds would try to force in there – but his long-term Leeds future looks bleak.

In other Leeds United news, a central midfielder could still join Leeds before the 11pm transfer cut-off.