Phil Hay details Leeds United stance in pursuit of Udinese star

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Leeds United are enjoying life in the Premier League.

After being crowned as champions in the second tier last term it was always going to be a big ask to get Marcelo Bielsa's side to play the same exciting brand of football in the top flight.

Well, they're certainly managing it.

The 4-3 defeat to Liverpool on the opening weekend certainly showed signs of promise for Bielsa's side, while what followed against Fulham will leave supporters very excited.

To score seven goals in two matches is very reassuring, and while there's work to do defensively I think we've seen more than enough to suggest that they have what it takes to push themselves up the table.

Some shrewd transfer activity has been part of their ability to adapt to life in the fast lane, with Robin Koch and Rodrigo adding real quality to side.

But Leeds are still looking for some key additions to add the finishing touches to the first team squad.

A defender is one position that is being targeted, while a move for a creative midfielder is also a priority.

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One player who has been widely linked with a move to the club is Rodrigo De Paul.

Valued at £27million, the Udinese man has been a long-running target for the Whites this summer, but according to Phil Hay, the deal may be difficult to complete.

Writing for The Athletic, Hay said: "Victor Orta has been speaking to Udinese about midfielder Rodrigo De Paul but despite the Argentinian’s apparent interest in moving to Elland Road, Leeds are reluctant to meet his Italian club’s £35 million valuation and in two minds as to whether to persist with talks.

“Sources indicate that the signing of De Paul is still some way from crossing the line, if indeed it ever does.”

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GIVEMESPORT'S Phil Spencer says...

This doesn't sound good as far as a potential deal for Rodrigo De Paul is concerned.

The Udinese man is undoubtedly a top talent, but the reported fee of £35 million that is being asked for is very high.

De Paul scored seven and created seven in competitions last term - a record that is certainly decent.

But is it worth spending huge sums of money on? Arguably not.

Phil Hay's update suggests that Leeds could look elsewhere as they seek a creative force to add to the team.

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Players such as Harry Wilson and Ryan Kent have both been linked with a move to the club, and could prove to be decent options.

As well as being cheaper in price, there's also a bigger opportunity for sell-on potential due to their young age which means that it might end up being a more shrewd investment.

Time will tell what what Leeds choose to do in the transfer market, but with time ticking away it seems that a decision will need to be made sooner rather than later.

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