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Leeds United signing this 21-year-old ace would provide them with ideal replacement for Kalvin Phillips – Agreed?

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Leeds United: Why Leeds United must take a punt on Michael Folorunsho?

According to a report from Italian outlet Tuttocalciopuglia, Leeds United are in pole position to sign midfielder Michael Folorunsho from Vitrus Francavilla.

A youth product of the Lazio academy, Michael Folorunsho joined third tier Italian club Vitrus Francavilla in the 2017/18 season. He enjoyed a solid individual 2018/19 season in Italy and after scoring seven goals in 31 Serie C games, the 21-year-old has caught the attention of Bari and Leeds United.

But Leeds are winning the race at the moment, with the club’s Italian owner Andrea Radrizzani expected to play a major role in bringing Folorunsho to Elland Road from Italy.

The Whites went so close last season to clinching promotion to the Premier League with a third-placed league finish, before losing out in the play-off semi-finals to Derby County. Marcelo Bielsa has to prepare for another push at promotion to the Premier League next season.

The Leeds boss is in the market for new players and he needs to bring in the right profile of players. Consistency and squad depth are vital when a team is pushing for promotion to the Premier League and that’s what the Whites lacked last season. However, there were some standout performers at Elland Road and one of them was Kalvin Phillips.

Kalvin Phillips impressed with his performances in the Championship and has caught the attention of newly-promoted Aston Villa, who have prioritised signing a defensive midfield after the departures of Glenn Whelan and Mile Jedinak, reports the Telegraph. Bielsa will do everything to keep hold of the academy graduate but the lure to play in the Premier League is tough to decline.

And in that case, if Phillips decides to join Aston Villa this summer, Leeds must replace him with Michael Folorunsho. For starters, Folorunsho is a central midfielder by trade and has a different set of skill-set to that of Phillips. The 21-year-old has had an impressive campaign in the Serie C and was a key part of Virtus Francavilla’s promotion bid, which fell narrowly short in the play-offs.

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With seven goals, Folorunsho has shown that he is able to make goal contributions at vital stages. In terms of the attributes, the 21-year-old is a good passer of the ball and possesses decent dribbling skills to outsmart a defender. The Rome-born midfielder of Nigerian descent is a proper midfield player with industry, creative and eye for goal.

Verdict

Leeds must have a bigger squad next season that can get over the line for promotion and signing a player like Folorunsho with sky-high potential would be a step in the right direction.

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Next Roofe in the making? – Leeds United signing this League Two starlet for £250,000 would be a smart move by Bielsa

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According to a report from Daily Mail, Leeds United are set to make a £250,000 offer for Carlisle United starlet Liam McCarron.

The 18-year-old is also being chased by a swarm of English clubs namely Sheffield United, Derby County and Wolves. Yet, the Whites remain confident they can win the race by offering him more gaming time.

The 18-year-old broke into Carlisle’s main team in the recently concluded season, making a total of 16 appearances. Despite being used as a substitute, McCarron showed much quality with limited opportunities. A youth product of Cumbrians, the English prodigy has a contract until the end of next season.

Should Leeds United move for McCarron?

After an eventful campaign in Championship, Leeds manager Marcelo Bielsa needs reinforcements in every aspect.

The attacking line-up turned out to be a let-down for the Argentine manager in the promotion slump and he must mend that before the start of next season.

And with Jack Clarke’s future still hanging in balance as he is wanted by Tottenham, Bielsa can avail the services of League Two teenager, McCarron. United’s primary striker, Kemar Roofe, is also on the radar of Burnley.

A centre-forward by trade, McCarron is also much efficient at the wings. Though he can’t be an assured starter under Bielsa, he can win his chances by showing quick progress in the reserves set-up as Clarke did with the Whites last season.

The former Chile manager is also known for nurturing young talents – Clarke and Leif Davis are some of the best examples. McCarron could soon join the list and can break into the spotlight if he opts to move to Elland Road this summer.

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Final Verdict

Leeds wouldn’t be overburdened with a signing like McCarron, who is currently in demand and has a great future ahead.

And the English prospect can follow the footsteps of 26-year-old Roofe, who also rose through the ranks of League Two side Oxford United.

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Fulham signing this £4.5m star from Leeds United should be an absolute no-brainer – Here’s why

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Fulham Opinion: Adam Forshaw could be a massive coup for the Cottagers

According to the Daily Mail, Fulham are interested in signing Leeds United midfielder Adam Forshaw, with reports claiming that manager Scott Parker is keen to bolster his ranks heading into the upcoming season in the Championship.

Forshaw, who joined Leeds United from Middlesbrough for a fee of £4.5 million back in January 2018, played a key role for Marcelo Bielsa’s side in the Championship this past season, as the Whites lost out to Derby County in the playoff semi-finals.

However, Leeds are currently bracing themselves for approaches from several other clubs for some of their prized assets following their failure to secure promotion.

Jack Clarke has already been lined up by Spurs as a potential summer target, while Kalvin Phillips has attracted interest from a host of other Premier League sides, including newly-promoted Aston Villa. (h/t Daily Mail)

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Fulham are also going through a similar phase at the moment, with the Cottagers currently under pressure to balance the books following their relegation from the Premier League.

The Craven Cottage-based outfit are set for a massive clear-out of players this summer, with several high-profile players, including the likes of Aleksandar Mitrovic, Jean-Michael Seri, Andre Schurrle, Ryan Babel, Luciano Vietto, Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa, as well as, promising youngster Ryan Sessegnon all expected to leave the club.

Manager Scott Parker is faced with the task of guiding the club back to the Premier League at the first time of asking and he has seemingly started for looking for affordable alternatives to replace the big names.  

While a like-for-like replacement for Mitrovic up front continues to be a priority for Fulham, they also need to look for new players in other areas of the pitch. Central midfield is one such area that certainly needs some sorting out this summer, with the departure of Seri and Anguissa an inevitability.

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Fulham, of course, are expected to have the services of captain Tom Cairney at their disposal in the Championship next season after the Scotsman committed his future to the club with a long-term contract.

Kevin McDonald was largely used as a fringe player in the Premier League but he was one of their key players in the Championship and the central midfielder would probably have a bigger part to play next term.

The Cottagers are also likely to have the services of Stefan Johansen right from the start of the upcoming campaign, given that the Norwegian is back at Craven Cottage following his loan spell at West Brom last term.

However, someone like Adam Forshaw could possibly add that little bit more depth and quality in a crucial area of the pitch for Fulham, although Leeds are unlikely to let go of one of their key players on the cheap.

A youth graduate of Everton, who rose to prominence with Wigan Athletic and Middlesbrough, Forshaw has established himself as one of the best players at Elland Road since his move from Middlesbrough in January last year. The 27-year-old made a total of 31 appearances for the Whites in the Championship this past season and was one of the key cogs of Bielsa’s midfield.

Essentially a central midfielder by trade, Forshaw is a strong, tenacious and hard-working presence in the middle of the park who excels with his impressive range of passing and ability to control possession for his team.

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To add to that, he is adept at dealing with the transitions in play and cutting out attacks with crucial interventions, whilst also possessing the ability to contribute to the attack with driving runs from the midfield.

Forshaw averaged 44.7 passes per game with an accuracy percentage of 88.2 in the Championship last term, including 3.6 long balls, 0.9 key passes and 2.2 tackles, figures which speak volumes of his ability to retain possession, move the ball around and cut out attacks in the middle of the park.

Moreover, his wealth of Premier League and Championship experience could prove handy for a promotion-chasing team like Fulham.

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Keeping that in mind, Fulham have every reason to look at Adam Forshaw as a marquee signing in the Championship this summer, although they still have plenty of other bases to cover before the season gets underway. All in all, the 27-year-old could be a useful addition to Fulham’s ranks.

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Norwich City must go all out and beat Leeds United to sign this 20-year-old goalkeeping marvel and this is why

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Norwich City Opinion: Canaries should beat Leeds United in the race to sign Mark Travers

According to The Irish Sun, newly-promoted outfit, Norwich City and Championship promotion-hopefuls Leeds United are ready to go head-to-head in a transfer tug of war over Bournemouth goalkeeper Mark Travers in the summer window.

The 20-year-old Irishman made his first-team bow for the Cherries against Spurs this past season and caught the eye with some marvellous saves in his very first game for the club, as Bournemouth got the better of the North Londoners for the first time in their history.

Travers became the first ever teenage goalkeeper since Joe Hart in 2006 to start a Premier League game and his incredible debut earned him his second start in the final game of the season against Crystal Palace, although the Cherries suffered a 5-3 defeat away from home.

The 20-year-old is yet to learn what kind of a role he is set to play next at the Vitality Stadium next season but it is understood that Bournemouth could ideally be looking to loan him out in order to gain more first-team experience. (h/t Irish Sun)

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Travers has two years left on his current contract, and while the Cherries are likely to hand him fresh and improved terms in the coming days, the youngster has already attracted interest from Norwich and Leeds, who are ready to take him on loan. (h/t Irish Sun)

The 20-year-old Maynooth-born shot-stopper has represented the Republic of Ireland at all youth levels from U-16 to U-21 and his promising Premier League debut earned him a call-up to Mick McCarthy’s senior international side in March, although he is yet to make his senior debut.

Travers played for Irish clubs Lucan United, Cherry Orchard and Shamrock Rovers at the youth level before joining Bournemouth at the youth level back in 2016 as a 17-year-old. He spent time on loan at National League South outfit Weymouth in the 2017-18 season before making his first-team against Spurs.

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To put things into perspective, Mark Travers is still very young and relatively untested at the highest level but he could still be a decent signing for both the aforementioned clubs. The 20-year-old showed glimpses of his brilliance by registering a clean sheet on his debut against Spurs and it looks like both the clubs are prepared to play a low-cost gamble on him with a loan move.

While Norwich City are apparently looking at Travers as a back-up for No.1 Tim Krul in the Premier League next season, Leeds United could certainly do with another young and promising goalkeeper in their ranks to provide cover and competition for Kiko Casilla and Bailey Peacock-Farrell, given their neither of the existing players has particularly been convincing.

However, the Canaries would do themselves a big favour by getting this deal over the line, as Daniel Farke looks to build a strong enough squad capable of beating the drop in the top-flight.

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Krul is likely to retain his role.1 status between the sticks, despite looking shaky at times in the Championship this past season. The Dutchman has a bagful of Premier League experience under his belt with Newcastle United and Norwich should definitely take that into consideration but a young and promising shot-stopper like Travers would certainly keep the veteran on his toes as far as the No.1 role is concerned.

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This is not a move that is likely to create too much noise amongst the fans at Carrow Road but the acquisition of Mark Travers on loan could prove to be a shrewd piece of business for the Canaries.

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