Bielsa gives Leeds United thumbs up to sign midfield ace

Date published: Friday 13th December 2019 7:09 - Jamie Woodhouse

Marcelo Bielsa has given the Leeds United board his thumbs up to sign Reading midfielder Andy Rinomhota, according to a report by Football Insider.

The 22-year-old, who was voted Reading Player of the Year last season, put in a solid display when the sides met last month at the Madejski Stadium with Leeds running out 1-0 winners.

His performance was so good that Bielsa was reportedly blown away by what he saw from the holding midfielder and he wants the Leeds hierarchy to put Rinomhota on the shortlist for both January and the summer window.

The Whites are on the lookout for competition for first choice holding midfielder Kalvin Phillips.

The Leeds academy graduate has become one of Bielsa’s key assets, yet cover for him is lacking, evidenced when Ben White was forced to step into the role against Huddersfield Town with Phillips suspended.

Phillips recently signed a new deal with Leeds, though that contains a £20-million plus release clause and he’s expected to leave Elland Road if his boyhood side fail to win promotion to the Premier League.

Leeds are operating to a tight budget this season due to FFP concerns, but another local lad in Rinomhota could be their go-to option when the funds are available.

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