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Alex Bruce has questioned whether Leeds United can afford the wages of Bournemouth stars despite the Cherries’ relegation from the Premier League.

The former Whites defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, said he has “no doubt” players from the south coast club would improve the Leeds squad.

Bielsa was spotted at Goodison Park on the final day of the Premier League season to watch the Cherries beat Everton 3-1.

However, a draw for Aston Villa at West Ham meant that Eddie Howe’s men were relegated to the Championship.

 

While Bruce believes some Bournemouth players could “do a job” in West Yorkshire next season, he warned their top earners could be on “massive money”.

When asked if it is a smart move looking at players from relegated sides, Bruce told Football Insider: “I think it is, whether Leeds can afford their wages is another story.

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“I think the wage bill at Bournemouth was very high and I believe a few other their top players are on massive money.

“I’ve got no doubt a few of the Bournemouth players can improve the Leeds squad, whether they can afford to get them through the door will be another matter.

“I’m sure a few of the players there can do a job at Elland Road next season, so we’ll just have to wait and see.”

The Whites are set to replace Bournemouth in the Premier League after winning the Championship title.

Among those at the Dorset club who are expected to attract top-flight interest include Aaron Ramsdale, Chris Mepham, David Brooks, Nathan Ake, Callum Wilson and Josh King.

In other Leeds United news, Noel Whelan has been left raving over a potential bargain reunion at Elland Road.

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