Arsenal, Leeds told top midfield target is ‘best player in the division’

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Chris Sutton claims that an Arsenal and Leeds attacking midfield target is the best player in the Championship.

Former Norwich, Blackburn and Chelsea frontman Sutton is of the firm opinion that Canaries star Emiliano Buendia is the top player in England’s second tier.

Sutton, who works for BBC Sport and BT Sport, made the claim while watching Norwich’s win over Stoke.

Despite missing an easy chance early in the game, the Argentine made amends as he notched a goal and an assist in a 4-1 victory.

Reports back in August claimed that Leeds were ready to swoop for the player, with Whites transfer boss Victor Orta a big fan.

Mundo Deportivo, meanwhile, reported in January that the agent of Buendia was planning Arsenal talks. Despite a winter move not panning out, there remains hope a summer deal can still be done.

And speaking on Saturday, Sutton told BT Sport 1: “Buendia, who is the best player in the Championship, I think, talk of him going to Arsenal in January, misses an open goal.”

Canaries star on the rise

Buendia previously played in England’s top flight last season for the relegated Canaries, but is improving all the time.

The Gunners reacted to missing out on the player by landing Martin Odegaard on loan from Real Madrid. However, it appears, at this stage, that a permanent deal is unlikely.

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As for Leeds, they are looking for a long-term replacement for 35-year-old Pablo Hernandez.

Udinese playmaker Rodrigo de Paul remains their top target, although Bunedia would likely be a cheaper option.

Buendia has scored eight goals and provided seven assists in 23 Championship games for Norwich so far this season.

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