Leeds lining up young French full-back as replacement for exit-linked star

Date published: Tuesday 2nd February 2021 2:33 - Dan Burnham

Leeds United are reportedly targeting Stade Brest’s Romain Perraud as part of their search for a new left-back.

Marcelo Bielsa has consistently deployed Ezgjan Alioski in that position this season. But the North Macedonian international’s contract expires in the summer.

With negotiations still ongoing between the club and player over a new deal, Leeds are considering their options for a replacement.

According to reports by Le10 Sport and The Athletic, French defender Perraud is potentially the man they will sign to fill the role.

The 23-year-old is currently enjoying the best season of his career to date, scoring three goals and assisting five in 21 Ligue 1 appearances.

His style of play suits the demands Biesla places on his players. Perraud is an attack-minded full back who marauds down the left flank.

Brest did secure the defender down to a contract extension until June 2025 last month. However, issues with television deals in France’s top flight means clubs may be forced to make moves they otherwise would not.

Leeds may face competition from fellow Premier League side Southampton, who are said to have also been in contact with the player.

Lyon are interested too. As one of France’s bigger clubs, they will be in a stronger financial position to deal with the TV rights crisis than Brest, who currently sit 14th in the table.


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Veteran midfielder stays at Elland Road

Meanwhile, Leeds blocked a deadline day move from Spanish side Castellon for midfielder Pablo Hernandez.

The Athletic’s Phil Hay revealed on Sunday that second-tier Castellon had made an approach for the 35-year-old. Hernandez played a full part as the Whites gained promotion to the Premier League.

He scored nine Championship goals from 35 appearances to help Bielsa’s side up to the top flight. However, the veteran has found game time harder to come by this term.

The former Spain forward has started just two Premier League games among nine appearances. He has scored one goal and chipped in with a couple of assists.

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