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Rajiv Van La Parra turned Leeds move down this January

Rajiv Van La Parra turned Leeds move down this January

Leeds United are thought to be keen on adding a winger to their ranks in January, however, it appears they missed out on one this winter.

According to a report by ELF Voetbal, Rajiv Van La Parra decided against a switch to Elland Road and opted for Championship rivals Middlesbrough instead.

The Huddersfield Town attacker was made available for loan this winter having struggled to make an impact with the Yorkshire outfit.

Leeds were understood to have been interested in taking the 27-year-old, however, Van La Parra felt the desire from Middlesbrough was stronger than those of the Championship leaders.


“The reason for me is a big question mark,” he told EFL Voetbal.

“It really came as a surprise. The trainer makes the decisions. As a player, you respect those choices. I then indicated that I wanted to go to a club where I could go for minutes. Then everything went fast.

“Middlesbrough and Leeds United immediately reported to my agent. Middlesbrough (interest) was more concrete than Leeds. They did everything to get me in. I immediately got a good feeling about it.

“I also wanted to stay in England. I did not hear anything from the Premier League but I actually like to fight for the prizes again.”

The Verdict:

Leeds could be made to rue the chance they had to land Van La Parra this January, especially with their need to add a winger to their squad.

Chasing promotion to the Premier League, the 27-year-old has plenty of experience of the second tier and has tasted promotion to the top-flight.

Marcelo Bielsa will now need to look elsewhere to find players to help bolster their squad and will not want to be beaten to another signing this January.

Leeds fans – thoughts?

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