Campbell tells Leeds to beat rivals to Van Aanholt signature after Palace deal rejected

Recruiting Patrick Van Aanholt would be a “no-brainer” for Leeds United if they can beat Champions League clubs to his signature.

That is according to ex-Arsenal striker Kevin Campbell, speaking exclusively to Football Insider after the Mirror reported that Leeds are interested in the 30-year-old Crystal Palace man.

This site revealed in February that the left-back had opened talks with an unnamed Champions League club after failing to agree terms with Palace.

The ex-Chelsea player’s contract expires in June and he would be available to sign on a free in the summer.

Left-back has long been a problem position for Marcelo Bielsa, with Stuart Dallas and Ezgjan Alioski both asked to fill in there this season.

Campbell highlighted the Dutchman’s quality and insisted it would be a shrewd bit of business if Leeds were able to lure him to the club without paying a fee.

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“On a free transfer, he’d be a really smart signing,” he told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs.

“He’s a good player and there’s a great opportunity for Leeds here to capture him without a fee.

“Signing a free agent of his quality, it’s a no-brainer, really. He’s a proven left-back and that’s something Leeds have been missing. No disrespect to those that have filled in for them there.”

The Daily Mirror report also details that Leeds are interested in Liverpool’s Yasser Larouci, as first revealed in January by Football Insider.

Van Aanholt left Chelsea for Sunderland in 2014 and later joined Palace where he has since made 130 appearances for the club, scoring 14 goals.

In other news, a top pundit claims that 13-goal Leeds United striker Patrick Bamford could suffer from burnout after starting all 28 matches this season.