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LEEDS announced the signing of Raphinha for £21million on Deadline Day – and they may yet have more deals in the pipeline with EFL clubs.

Meanwhile Whites target Todd Cantwell has been left out of Norwich's last two matches with boss Daniel Farke admitting the midfielder is "not fully focused" on the Canaries in a boost to the Yorkshire side.

Stay up to date with all the latest from Elland Road below…

  • Joshua Jones

    GOOD MORNING LEEDS FANS

    The Whites are weighing up a move for Hamburg centre-back Stephan Ambrosius in January, reports say.

    The Yorkshire club are believed to have been eyeing the defender on deadline day but the German side fended off interest.

    When the window reopens, Marcelo Bielsa's side could be keen on reinforcements at the back.

    Ambrosius' contract runs out next summer, meaning Leeds' could sign him up on a pre-contract from January 1 2021.

    Meanwhile, Leeds have been handed a boost following the news that Udinese are willing to sell midfielder Rodrigo De Paul.

    Former Bari sporting director Stefano Antonelli, who has worked with the Serie A club in the past, claimed that the Whites failed to agree an acceptable fee for the 26-year-old Argentine.

    He told Tutto Mercato: “I have been working there for 21 years with continuity and I know the Pozzo family, they have always been a selling club.

    “If they had the right offer they would have sold him because they know cycles end.

    “They know De Paul’s cycle is over, but an offer never arrived.”

    And finally, Helder Costa is helping Raphinha to settle in at Elland Road and has taken the winger under his wing, say reports.

    They are both Portuguese speakers and have been spotted collaborating during training sessions with some of the squad absent due to international duty, according to Leeds Live.

    Raphinha will be looking to adapt fast and have some involvement in Leeds first game after the break against Wolves.

  • Joe Brophy

    LEED FROM THE FRONT

    Leeds have been handed a boost following the news that Udinese are willing to sell midfielder Rodrigo De Paul.

    Former Bari sporting director Stefano Antonelli, who has worked with the Serie A club in the past, claimed that the Whites failed to agree an acceptable fee for the 26-year-old Argentine.

    He told Tutto Mercato: “I have been working there for 21 years with continuity and I know the Pozzo family, they have always been a selling club.

    “If they had the right offer they would have sold him because they know cycles end.

    “They know De Paul’s cycle is over, but an offer never arrived.”

  • Joe Brophy

    LEIC IS MORE

    Leicester were the ONLY club to vote against proposals to charge fans an extra £14.95 to watch Premier League games in the coming weeks.

    Premier League sides – who have just spent £1.24BILLION in the transfer market – have agreed to put 15 matches behind an extra paywall.

    Leicester fans welcomed news of their club turning down the offer but, like many others, were left fuming with the decision.

    Twitter user Amar wrote: “Absolute farce the price for them but at least you stood up for us, shame other clubs didn’t join.”

    While Ella commented: “As the only voters against it I think Leicester's games should be free.”

    And another fan tweeted: “Absolute joke.”

  • Joe Brophy

    BOX TO BOX

    Football fans are set for a different kind of live match experience if they decide to shell out £14.95 to watch a single Premier League game on TV.

    The controversial announcement was made on Friday, allowing punters to still view every game while they remain banned from grounds.

    But for matches not being screened by either Sky or BT, fans will have to dig into their pockets and shell out nearly £15 on a pay-per-view basis via Sky Sports and BT Sport Box Office.

    And the new format will also take a different style on the screen too.

    Games on will begin broadcasting just ten minutes before kick-off.

    And there will be NO pundits for analysis before, during or after.

    However, there will still be the usual full Sky Sports nine-camera coverage, giving fans every view needed for an enjoyable experience.

    And all games will have commentary too.

  • Joe Brophy

    BOX SETS

    Premier League games to be shown on Box Office for £14.95 have been revealed.

    Top flight bosses announced today that a total of nine games from now to the end of October will be on Sky Sports and BT Sport PPV channels.

    And the first one to be shown for a fee will be Chelsea's clash against Southampton at 3pm on Saturday, October 17 on BT Sport Box Office.

  • Joe Brophy

    UNITED WE STAND

    Michael Brown has paid credit to Victor Orta for the role he has played in the “growth” of Leeds.

    He told Football Insider: “I think if you look at Victor, there were managerial changes, the recruitment side of it, trying to change the mentality and playing style.

    “Sometimes you get close with certain squads and you think you’ve got it but it’s football and all of a sudden it just changes. You’re always trying to make it better.

    “Some he’ll have got right, some he’ll have got wrong and there’s interest in him because of the growth.

    “It’s a collective thing at Leeds United, Bielsa’s getting the credit but look all around the club with everybody, they’re all obviously on the same page.”

  • Joe Brophy

    BOX OFFICE

    Football fans are up in arms over the Premier League's decision to charge £14.95 to watch games.

    Gary Neville slammed the top flight for its 'really bad move' while others proclaimed 'football is dead' after the announcement.

    Another person wrote: “£14.95 to watch it on ‘box office’. Glad to see where the clubs priorities lie. They should be doing everything to get fans back in grounds. And doing everything to keep fans involved & engaged until they can. Football is dead.”

    A fellow user fumed: “If you’re a Newcastle United fan: season ticket already paid for. Pubs closed in the north east so can't watch football there. £14.95 per game on PL PPV.

    “Scandalous lack of consideration for fans already going through it.”

  • Kiro Evans

    WELL IN

    Kelvin Phillips got stuck in last night in his battling England performance.

  • Kiro Evans

    BIG SPENDERS

    If you haven't seen it, Leeds currently sit 4th in the spending league.

    They shelled out £84.5m in the summer, only just behind Chelsea, Man City and Aston Villa.

  • Kiro Evans

    ALL ROUND REPRESENTATION

    An awesome stat you may have missed from last night's action.

  • Kiro Evans

    HELDER HELP IN HAND

    Helder Costa is helping Raphinha to settle in at Elland Road and has taken the winger under his wing, say reports.

    They are both Portuguese speakers and have been spotted collaborating during training sessions with some of the squad absent due to international duty, according to Leeds Live

    Raphinha will be looking to adapt fast and have some involvement in Leeds first game after the break against Wolves.

  • Kiro Evans

    TV BOOST FOR FANS

    PREM clubs are today poised to agree to non-televised matches being available to all fans, Martin Lipton writes.

    But supporters will have to pay to watch with the matches only available through a special subscription service.

    Ever since the Prem’s restart in June, all matches have been available through one of the Prem’s four broadcast partners – Sky, BT, Amazon prime and the BBC.

    With fans locked out, the clubs felt they had no option to ensure supporters were able to watch their teams in action.

    But there are concerns that the two main broadcasters’ patience over the loss of their prized exclusivity is not boundless and that there could be a knock-on impact with the companies demanding a further rebate.

    Prem clubs already face having to pay back £330m over the next two seasons as a result of the pandemic and a further cut in income would be a savage blow.

  • Kiro Evans

    COMING UP

    While it can sometimes feel like the international breaks are never-ending, the Premier League will eventually return and Leeds have some interesting fixtures coming up.

    First up is a mouth-watering home clash with Wolves who, like Marcelo Bielsa's side, are tactically aware, difficult to beat and play with intensity.

    Then they go to the Liverpool slayers Aston Villa, who still have a 100% record, before hosting Leicester City in what should be a great game.

    Their final match before the next international break is away at Crystal Palace.

  • Kiro Evans

    A TEAM OF TACKLERS

    Stats in recent days have shone a light on the incredible pressing game of Marcelo Bielsa's side.

    Just a reminder of how extraordinary and aggressive their style of play is, with the newly-promoted side leading several Premier League tackling stats this season.

  • Kiro Evans

    AM HAPPY TO SEE YOU

    Leeds are weighing up a move for Hamburg centre-back Stephan Ambrosius in January, reports say.

    The Yorkshire club are believed to have been eyeing the defender on deadline day but the German side fended off interest.

    When the window reopens, Marcelo Bielsa's side could be keen on reinforcements at the back.

    Ambrosius' contract runs out next summer, meaning Leeds' could sign him up on a pre-contract from January 1 2021.

  • William Pugh

    GOOD MORNING LEEDS FANS

    The Whites are reportedly eyeing the development of Hamburg defender Stephan Ambrosius.

    Leeds ended their window having signed Raphinha as well as bringing in Diego Llorente and Robin Koch at centre-back.

    They were also interested in Croatian defender Josko Gvardiol and Brighton's Ben White.

    But according to Hanuaer Anzeiger, Ambrosius is their latest target for the winter window.

    Elsewhere, Leeds are still hoping to bring in Norwich midfielder Todd Cantwell, according to reports.

    The Whites have made a sensational start to life back in the Premier League, but boss Marcelo Bielsa seemingly still wants more additions.

    The Express reports that Cantwell is very much in the Argentine's thoughts.

    And finally, Simon Jordan has hailed Marcelo Bielsa’s ability to inspire the Leeds squad.

    He told talkSPORT: “As an owner you sit back and think ‘that’s my guy’ – and Bielsa is doing the job. They’ve got a coach people say and think is one of the best thinkers in the world – I’m not surprised they are on the front foot.

    “Bielsa is, from what I can see, an incredible coach and he gets the players attention – which is what I believe Ole Gunnar Solskjaer does not do.”

  • Joe Brophy

    FIGHT TO SURVIVE

    Former Leeds goalkeeper Paul Robinson told LUFC: “If Leeds keep playing how they are doing in the final third of the field, they will have no problems this season.

    “I’ve been really impressed with how Leeds have started, especially Patrick Bamford as well, a lot was said about him not taking chances, but he’s been brilliant, he’s really taken on the mantle, the manager has given him a vote of confidence and his performance as well as his goals have been fantastic this season.

    “There are not many teams who will go to Anfield and dominate possession and have more tackles, Leeds did to Liverpool what Liverpool do to other teams.

    “I think the biggest surprise this season will be for other teams when they see the way Leeds play, they don’t stop they are relentless.

    “Robin Koch has settled now and he has Liam Cooper next to him and they both seem to have a real understanding already.

    “Leeds don’t change the way they play for anybody, we’ve seen Leeds change to a back three or four at times, but the same ethos and philosophy is always there, work hard, press high and win the ball and when they do get the ball attack on the break quickly.

    “I think Leeds will more than survive with the way that they play, approach games and with the squad which is being built.

    “The recruitment has been outstanding, you have to give the owner a lot of credit for what he has done, realised the squad needed strengthening and it has been with a lot of quality players.

    “I can quite easily see Leeds finishing in mid-table, but I would take 17th place right now.”

  • Joe Brophy

    HEAD START

    Former Leeds goalkeeper Paul Robinson has admitted he has been impressed by the club's Premier League start.

    He told LUFC: “It’s been nice to read and listen to other managers and other people in the media talking about Leeds, in the light they have done as well.

    “It was good to get the clean sheet at Sheffield United, because you can get carried away with the great performance at Anfield, but we still conceded four goals, so what really pleased me was the defensive performance at Bramall Lane.

    “I think if the Fulham match was at home was a 4-1 result and it was a convincing win, it wouldn’t have been an issue, but obviously shipping goals may be a problem and with the way that we play, open and going forwards there are going to be times this season where we might concede a few goals.

    “But, if Leeds keep playing how they are doing in the final third of the field, they will have no problems this season.

    “I’ve been really impressed with how Leeds have started, especially Patrick Bamford as well, a lot was said about him not taking chances, but he’s been brilliant, he’s really taken on the mantle, the manager has given him a vote of confidence and his performance as well as his goals have been fantastic this season.”

  • Joe Brophy

    COURT IN THE BUFF

    Belgium are in crisis after Thibaut Courtois became the THIRD goalkeeper ruled out for Sunday's game against England.

    Roberto Martinez's side travel to Wembley for the Nations League clash with the Real Madrid star initially set to start.

    But, ahead of Thursday's friendly against Ivory Coast, it was confirmed that Courtois had left the camp.

    And the hip injury will keep the 28-year-old out of action as the Group B favourites go head to head on Sunday.

  • Joe Brophy

    LEEDING FROM THE FRONT

    Simon Jordan has hailed Marcelo Bielsa’s ability to inspire the Leeds squad.

    He told talkSPORT: “As an owner you sit back and think ‘that’s my guy’ – and Bielsa is doing the job. They’ve got a coach people say and think is one of the best thinkers in the world – I’m not surprised they are on the front foot.

    “Bielsa is, from what I can see, an incredible coach and he gets the players attention – which is what I believe Ole Gunnar Solskjaer does not do.”

  • Joe Brophy

    PHIL YOUR BOOTS

    Leeds star Kalvin Phillips has been named in the starting line-up for England's friendly against Wales.

  • Joe Brophy

    CUISANCE NO NUISANCE

    Michael Cuisance has firmly denied a failed medical put the kibosh on his switch to Leeds from Bayern Munich.

    And the midfielder’s claims have reportedly been backed by Marseille officials who say the player they signed on loan three days after his move to Elland Road collapsed is ‘100%’ fit.

    The Frenchman told Goal: “'There was no problem with the medical, the one with Marseille went very well, I am in form and ready to play.

    “At Leeds, there was no problem from my side.'’

  • Joe Brophy

    COR BLIMEY

    England U19s' friendly clash against Scotland has been abandoned at HALF-TIME following a positive Covid-19 test during the match.

    The Young Lions went into the break at St George's Park leading 3-1, only to be told that the fixture has been called off.

    Players were told that a member of the backroom staff had received a positive test, leading the referee to call a halt to the proceedings.

    Commenting on the matter, an FA spokesperson said: “England U19's match with Scotland at St. George's Park this afternoon was abandoned in the first half as a precaution in line with COVID protocol.

    “We are not in a position to comment further at this time.”

  • Joe Brophy

    WALK ON

    Kyle Walker admitted some of his England team-mates have made mistakes during the coronavirus pandemic – but insists they all know their responsibilities.

    The 30-year-old – who himself breached coronavirus rules FOUR times during lockdown – says Gareth Southgate has spoken to the Three Lions about their duties.

    Speaking to The ITV Football Football Show podcast ahead of the friendly clash against Wales, Walker said: “He [Gareth Southgate] has reminded us.

    “We had a meeting and he talked about our roles and responsibilities – not just on the field but off the field.

    “Obviously we're in a difficult period for everyone, but representing England we have to take that on our shoulders and take the burden of that.

    “We should know what's right and what's wrong. But I feel that also people do make mistakes.

    “Off the field does play a big role in it, but we need our best players to play for England.

    “Mason Greenwood and Phil Foden, Jadon Sancho, Tammy Abraham, Ben Chilwell – they're all fantastic, top quality players that are playing for big teams.”

  • Joe Brophy

    GATE OPEN

    Gareth Southgate is set to welcome Tammy Abraham, Ben Chilwell and Jadon Sancho back into England training on Friday.

    The trio broke coronavirus guidelines by attending Chelsea striker Abraham's surprise birthday party at the weekend, creating the England boss' latest pandemic headache.

    After Mason Greenwood and Phil Foden were dropped from this month's squad for their coronavirus gaffe in Iceland, Southgate chose to delay the arrival of Sancho, Chilwell and Abraham by a few days.

    Ruled out of tonight's friendly against Wales, all three are now due back on Friday to link up with Leeds star Kalvin Phillips, according to Sky Sports.

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