By Russell Edge

Leeds United are ready to meet the £4million (€4.5million) release clause for Real Valladolid’s attacking midfieder Toni Villa, according to a report.

Spanish news website LeonNoticias claim that the Whites are in negotiations for the 22-year-old attacker, as they look to secure his capture for a fee less than the clause in his contract.

However, his signing for Leeds would see him depart immediately on loan to second tier Spanish side Cultural Leonesa, which comes as a result of the newly established connection between the two sides.

Ivan Bravo, who joined Leeds’ board of directors earlier this year, is also the general director of football development company Aspire Academy, who own a majority stake in Cultural Leonesa, and as such the Spanish side are described as a ‘partner’ of the Championship side by LeonNoticias.

The Spanish club are keen on securing the signing of Villa this summer, and have reportedly already seen a £300,000 bid rejected by Valladolid, and are hoping that Leeds can help in their hunt.

Football Insider verdict

Signing players for another club does not seem like a logical method of spending money, and fans will not be happy that valuable resources are being spent to improve another side. While the partnership between the two clubs may benefit Leeds in the long run, they should be concerned about their own future, with £4million a big chunk of money which could be spent on pushing them up the Championship table. If they view Villa as a potential future star, then perhaps the move could work out, as it offers him first team action to aid his development. However, if it is a deal just for Cultural’s benefit, then Leeds need to put their foot down and focus on their own progress.

In other Leeds transfer news, the club are in a Championship fight to secure a defender from their league rivals.

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