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24th Mar, 2017 | 8:11am

Leeds transfer mission: Scouts monitor Euro big hitters with growing admirers - report

By Dominic Toner

Leeds scouts are one of the many representatives to watch Spanish club Villarreal this season, according to a report.

Spanish outlet AS claim that more than 20 teams have been present at Villarreal’s matches to eye up their players, who have helped the club to fifth in La Liga.

It is understood that a host of Premier League clubs have watched the Spanish club in action, but there has also been strong interest from some Championship sides.

The report details that Leeds, Newcastle, Aston Villa and Bristol City have also had scouts present at their games.

AS report that Villarreal can hold up to 10 scouts per game and it has been a popular choice for scouts.

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Leeds have already conducted transfer business with Villarreal as recently as January, with Alfonso Pedraza joining on a sixth-month loan deal.

The 20-year-old winger moved to Elland Road until the end of the season and is hoping to have a major impact on the Whites’ bid for promotion.

He has scored one goal in his first six appearances for the Championship side and has recently cemented his position in Garry Monk’s starting line-up.

Leeds will surely be looking to bolster the squad in the summer if they get promoted to the Premier League and they could look to raid the pool of talent at Villarreal.

The Spanish club have a number of talented individuals in their ranks including the likes of Cedric Bakambu, Nicola Sansone and Roberto Soldado.

In other Leeds transfer news, Monk has identified a winger to become his first summer signing.

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