By Craig Scott

14th Aug, 2020 | 7:10pm

Sky Sports journalist: Defender 'won't be coming back' to Leeds

Leeds United will not be re-signing defender Danny Rose or midfielder Fabian Delph this summer, according to Sky Sports journalist Tim Thornton.

The Daily Star reported in July that after winning promotion to the Premier League, Marcelo Bielsa set his sights on signing left-back Rose, 30, from Tottenham and Delph, also 30, from Everton.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Edinson Cavani have also been linked with moves to Elland Road when Andrea Radrizzani, as quoted by the Daily Mail, said he would like to see them in Leeds shirts in the Premier League.

However, Thornton has now reported that none of those four players are realistic targets for Leeds.

“You can get a big black marker pen and cross those names out – they won’t be coming,” Thornton said on Sky Sports’ Transfer Talk podcast [44m19s] when discussing the Ibrahimovic and Cavani links.

“They don’t fit the profile, it’s not what Leeds are about.

“There has been a little bit of talk about Danny Rose and Fabian Delph. You can add them to that list as well – they won’t be coming back.”

Leeds have been linked with a lot of players since they won promotion to the Premier League.

Ibrahimovic and Cavani were two of the most extreme links and to be fair, that is because Radrizzani mentioned them as players he’d want the club to sign – although he must’ve known it was unrealistic.

Rose and Delph are more realistic, we think, but both players are in their 30s and we don’t see Leeds signing players who are likely to have big wage demands and approaching the end of their careers.

They have plenty of Premier League experience and have also played for England but we trust that Bielsa has his sights on the right kinds of players.

Experience isn’t everything – just look at the season Ben White had in the Championship.

Bielsa and Victor Orta’s scouts have done a good job in the last couple of seasons and we expect them to carry on in that vein of form this summer.

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