Leeds United tipped to make summer move for ex-starlet

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Leeds United are certainly keen to make up for lost time.

After 16 years outside of the Premier League the Whites are determined to re-establish themselves among the biggest and best clubs in the country.

For many years the Yorkshire side were one of the most feared sides in English football, but since being relegated in 2004 that reputation was dealt a massive blow.

But that's not the case any longer.

After two years in charge, Marcelo Bielsa is doing everything that he can to ensure that the Whites are feared and respected both each team they face.

No longer are they the team that will lose their players to those higher up the food chain - in fact, one report has suggested that Leeds may be looking to bring a familiar face back to Elland Road.

Italian reports have suggested that the Whites will move to bring Ronaldo Vieira back to Leeds United from Sampdoria.

Now 22 years of age, the midfielder was offloaded two years ago when the club were floundering in the Championship.

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But while a move could seem appealing to supporters, former goalkeeper Paul Robinson has suggested that he'd be surprised to see Vieira brought back to West Yorkshire after just two years away.

Speaking to MOT Leeds News, Robinson said: “Once a player has been let go by a team, you’re always surprised to see them being linked with a move back to the club. Especially after such a short period of time.

“But Ronaldo Vieira has done really well at Sampdoria so that might explain it.

“If there were any thoughts about re-signing a player there could be a clause in his sale contract that gives Leeds first option to bring him back.

“I’m surprised, though, that Leeds are being linked with a player they were happy to let go just two seasons ago.”

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GIVEMESPORT'S Phil Spencer says...

Leeds United fans would love this sort of deal to come off.

Unfortunately I just can't see it happening.

Valued at £5.85m by Transfermarkt, Ronaldo Vieira left the club in the same summer that Marcelo Bielsa joined, and that indicated that he perhaps didn't fit in with what he hoped to do.

While Leeds may now be able to afford to bring him back, it's incredibly rare for a player to go back to a former club, and that's why I can't see it coming off.

Of course you can never say never in this game, but I'm taking this with a large pinch of salt.

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