By Frank McAvennie

6th Jul, 2021 | 1:00pm

McAvennie gutted as Leeds and Bielsa 'convince' Firpo to snub West Ham move

Frank McAvennie is impressed with Leeds United as they look to have beaten West Ham to the signing of Junior Firpo.

The former Hammers striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claims Marcelo Bielsa played a significant role as the Barcelona defender picked a new club.

On Saturday (3 June), Football Insider reveled that Firpo was jetting into England to undergo a Leeds medical.

That came after this site revealed on 29th June that the Whites had a £12.8million bid accepted for the 24-year-old.

Transfer expert Fabrizio Romano reported on Monday (5th July) that the deal is now “completed and confirmed”.

Firpo, 24, made 18 appearances for the Catalan giants last season.

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McAvennie previously told Football Insider of West Ham’s interest after speaking to Firpo’s agent and has now admitted he is surprised Leeds have pulled off the transfer.

“I know from people in the game West Ham were looking at him,” McAvennie told Football Insider correspondent Ben Wild.

“It’s a shame for West Ham, I think he would have done well there.

“Obviously Bielsa has had a word with him and convinced him to come.

“That’s no mean feat with how attractive London can be to foreign players.

“Leeds have done really well because there were a lot of clubs after the boy.

“He is a really good player, wonderful takent. I like him.”

Six of Firpo’s outings last season came in the Champions League as he played in his side’s second leg knockout draw with PSG.

He joined the Catalan giants in 2019 from Real Betis.

In other news, Noel Whelan thrilled as Leeds United reportedly swoop for ‘the next big thing’.