Leeds United will still be interested in signing Udinese midfielder Rodrigo de Paul – but will likely wait until the summer to launch a fresh bid.
That is according to former Sunderland and England striker Kevin Phillips, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the prospect of the 26-year-old arriving at Elland Road in 2021.
According to WhoScored, the Udinese skipper was the second best midfielder in Europe in 2020, when he scored eight goals and registered six assists in the calendar year just gone.
Leeds agreed personal terms with the Argentinian playmaker in the summer but a potential move fell through after the two clubs failed to agree on a fee or the structure of a deal.
His 18 appearances across all competitions this season have yielded three goals and three assists.
When asked by Football Insider if he expected the Whites to make a fresh move to sign the midfielder this month, Phillips said: “Leeds have done so well this season.
“Bielsa picks that same team in the Premier League week in week out so it is a tough one.
“You could sign the likes of De Paul and they could disrupt the harmony but any top quality player like that is something the club will have to look at.
“Leeds have gradually progressed and it has been done in the right way.
“They will be interested but whether they take the decision to bring him in now I do not know. I think they will wait until the summer to really strengthen the squad.
“I would be very wary of making a big move like that for someone of that quality.”