Leeds ready to hijack West Ham bid for imposing Danish centre-back

Date published: Thursday 22nd October 2020 11:55 - Robert McCarthy

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Leeds are reportedly ready to hijack West Ham’s bid to sign Silkeborg centre-back Frederik Alves Ibsen in a bargain deal.

According to Danish website Bold, the Hammers were set to sign the defender in January for around £1.2million.

But another Danish media outlet, BT, now states that Marcelo Bielsa’s men are also in the running for the 20-year-old.

The report adds that Bielsa wants to bring in the towering defender as a project to work on for the future.

But West Ham boss David Moyes is expected to pull out all of the stops to convince the 6ft 3in star to move to London.

Now it will depend on which club the player wants to join, with Silkeborg ready to do business.

However, the report does state that Alves Ibsen still has some way to go before becoming a Premier League regular.

 

 

 

 

Bielsa puts faith in Leeds squad

Marcelo Bielsa insists Leeds United have enough strength in depth to compete this season.

Leeds will be without key midfielder Kalvin Phillips for up to six weeks after he suffered a shoulder injury in Monday’s defeat to Wolves.

 

Summer signing Diego Llorente is also currently sidelined with injury, while there are doubts over the fitness of Liam Cooper.

It will leave Bielsa with little to work with when they play high-flying Aston Villa on Friday night. The Argentinian does have several versatile players.

However, the Leeds manager does not think he has a small squad, even if others believe that is a benefit.

He said: “The squad is not small because we have two players per position and there are not big difference between the two players who occupy each position.

“Just to make a reference, for example we have Bamford and Roberts up front, Rodrigo and Pablo in attacking midfield. Poveda and Costa, Raphinha and Harrison.” Read more…

 

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