Questions have been asked behind the scenes at Leeds United as to how the club were trumped to the signing of Norwich City sensation Emi Buendia, Football Insider understands.
The Championship leaders snapped up the Argentine winger last summer from Getafe for £1.5million after being blown away by his performances on loan at Leeds feeder club Cultural Leonesa.
Norwich sporting director Stuart Webber told the Daily Telegraph last week how his club’s recruitment team “got in there under Leeds’ noses” to prise away an “unbelievable” player from cash-strapped Getafe.
A Leeds source told Football Insider that there has been anger among senior club figures at Elland Road they were unaware of Buenda’s immense potential and did not use their Leonesa relationship to sign the player.
Buendia has been instrumental in a Norwich campaign that leaves them on the brink of the Premier League, scoring eight goals and supplying 16 assists from 39 matches in all competitions.
Leonesa are owned by the Qatar-based Aspire Academy, who are run by Leeds director Ivan Bravo and announced a strategic partnership with the Championship club in January of last year.
United 2017-18 signings Yosuke Ideguchi and Ouasim Buoy were both loaned out to the Spanish Segunda Division B side but failed to make an impact.
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