Leeds United were interested in signing Wolves winger Adama Traore in the summer transfer window, according to Paul Robinson.
The Lowdown: Leeds enjoy solid summer
The Whites got some good business done during the summer, even if it was low-key for the most part.
Kristoffer Klaesson came in as a backup goalkeeper to Illan Meslier, left-back Junior Firpo joined from Barcelona, Jack Harrison signed permanently and Daniel James arrived from Manchester United.
The Latest: Pundit makes Traore claim
One player who was linked with a move to Elland Road during the window was Traore, but a transfer never ended up materialising.
Speaking to Football Insider, Robinson said Leeds were interested in snapping up the winger from Wolves, but he was ultimately too expensive for them and Tottenham:
“I think £50million is a lot of money. There were a lot of clubs interested in him this summer. There was talk, from what I heard, of Leeds as well.
“At the end of a day if Daniel [Levy] feels like a player is overpriced then he will not do a deal. He certainly will not overpay for a squad player.
The Verdict: Better option than James?
Traore is a superb player when he wants to be – Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp once called him ‘unplayable’ – so he could have been an exciting addition to Marcelo Bielsa’s squad.
His incredible speed and unpredictability make him a nightmare for defenders to handle, but then again, just two goals and assists apiece last season highlight a lack of end product.
Only time will tell if James ends up being a superior alternative to Traore, but £50million was too much to pay for the Wolves man.
In other news, Leeds reportedly had an interest in another player in the summer. Find out who it is here.
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