West Ham are believed to be interested in signing rumoured Leeds United transfer target Miguel Gutierrez on loan this summer.
The Lowdown: Gutierrez linked with Leeds move
The Whites have been on the lookout for reinforcements down the left, with Ezgjan Alioski departing Elland Road after his contract expired.
Junior Firpo arrived from Barcelona on Tuesday, but Gutierrez has also been linked with a loan switch from Real Madrid. Given that he is just a teenager, he is likely seen as a long-term addition, rather than a competitor to Firpo.
The 19-year-old made six appearances in La Liga last season, but may be keen for a move away, as he looks for more regular first-team football.
The Latest: West Ham keen on left-back
According to The Daily Star, West Ham have now ‘held talks’ with Gutierrez over a temporary move to the London Stadium.
A move to the Premier League is thought to appeal to the youngster, with Madrid also seeing it as a good opportunity for him to mature as a player.
With that in mind, it looks like we could have quite the battle on our hands between the two surprise packages of last season’s Premier League.
The Verdict: Have the Whites moved on?
Gutierrez is a talented player who could be an asset for Leeds – Zinedine Zidane has described him as ‘phenomenal’ – but with Firpo joining on Tuesday, is there still a need to sign him?
Leif Davis can represent the Whites’ young second-choice left-back option moving forward, so if Gutierrez were to follow Firpo from Spain to Yorkshire, one would have to assume Davis is not really seen as a genuine contender for a future place in the first-team.
Therefore, whether the club moves for Gutierrez could now be used as a good indicator of how highly Marcelo Bielsa rates Davis – allow the Hammers to swoop in and perhaps we could see a lot more of Davis as a back-up to Firpo in the near future.
In other news, Leeds have reportedly made an offer for one player – find out who it is here.
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