Deal close: Medical due for Leeds senior player ahead of Elland Rd exit – report

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Al-Ittihad are closing in on the signing of Leeds United winger Helder Costa after manager Nuno Espirito Santo requested the addition of his former Wolves player, according to Goal Saudi Arabia.

The Middle Eastern news outlet reported via their official Twitter account on Thursday night (4 August) that Costa, 28, is due to undergo a medical with Al-Ittihad before signing a contract and being officially announced.

Goal shares quotes from Asharq Al-Awsat journalist Fares Alfazi in their update on Costa’s move to Al-Ittihad.

Deadwood

Leeds have a few players in their squad who are neither here nor there when it comes to the first-team plans.

Costa is one of the easiest players to get rid of.

While he’s at the peak of his career at the age of 28, he has a good agent in Jorge Mendes and has had decent spells at other clubs in his career.

It hasn’t worked out for him at Leeds and although things weren’t great for him while on loan at Valencia last season, there were always going to be clubs trying to sign him this summer.

It’s a big move for Costa to quit European football to head to the Middle East and play for Saudi Arabian giants Al-Ittihad but we’re sure it’ll be a good fit for him with his former Wolves manager Nuno in charge.

We might see him back in Europe or back in England in the next year or so if he’s a hit in Saudi Arabia.

Leeds have other players who could do with being shifted on but they’ve made good progress by overseeing Kiko Casilla’s exit and, soon, Costa’s.

Ian Poveda is another who doesn’t seem to fit in at Leeds now.

Maybe we’ll see a suitor come in for him soon.

In other Leeds United news, this Whites star has taken it personally that Jesse Marsch has dropped him from his first-team plans.

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