Cold water poured on Leeds United swooping for 26-year-old

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A Leeds United pursuit for Adama Traore has had cold water poured on it by Leeds Live journalist Beren Cross.

Leeds are focusing on reinforcing the attacking unit of Jesse Marsch’s squad, particularly with intense speculation following Raphinha around.

Victor Orta recruited Traore for Middlesbrough in the past and reports had suggested that a Leeds move was on the cards.

As per Leeds Live’s Q&A with Beren Cross, it’s not being actively worked on at this moment in time.

“As it stands, Traore does not look like someone near the top of Orta’s wanted lists. Evidently, there is a long-standing connection and relationship between them, but right now he is not someone Leeds are looking to bring in. The window has a long way to go and we cannot predict every little twist and turn, so who know. If other targets evade Orta you could not rule out Traore being someone he likes later in the summer, but right now he’s not understood to be one they are actively pursuing.”

Across three-and-a-half years with Wolves in the Premier League, the 26-year-old has scored eight goals and registered 12 assists.

Traore spent the second-half of last season on loan with Barcelona, who he scored one goal for and registered four assists for across all competitions.

Should Leeds reignite their interest in Traore?

Yes

No

On the face of things, Leeds moving for Traore makes little sense beyond his links with Orta.

His form for Wolves in the Premier League is hit and miss, plus Leeds don’t really need an out-and-out winger, even if Raphinha goes.

Jack Harrison, Daniel James and Crysencio Summerville over that area of Jesse Marsch’s squad, whilst his preference to play narrow means Brenden Aaronson comes into the conversation.

Traore is a natural wide player, so it makes absolutely no sense to be targeting him at this stage.

With this update in mind, it appears the club are on that page too.

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