By Kevin Phillips

4th Jul, 2021 | 1:00pm

Phillips tells Bielsa to replace Costa with brilliant Danjuma as he'd 'love to play for Leeds'

Kevin Phillips claims Arnaut Danjuma could be a good replacement for Helder Costa at Leeds United.

The Sunderland legend, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, reacted to the recent controversy caused by the Bournemouth winger.

In a now-deleted tweet from the Voetbal International Twitter account on 24th June, Danjuma made some comments about wanting to join Leeds.

On social media, the attacker apologised and claimed he was only trying to be “respectful” to Leeds.

Danjuma, 24, picked up 17 goals and seven assists in the Championship last season.

The Cherries lost their Championship playoff semi final to Brentford to crush any hopes of an instant return to the Premier League.

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Costa, 27, was only handed 13 league starts under Marcelo Bielsa last season and only scored three goals.

With Bournemouth failing to get promoted, Phillips claims Leeds could strike a deal including Costa to sign Danjuma.

“He’s a good player,” Phillips told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs.

“He was one of Bournemouth’s better players last year. He’s very tricky and super skilful.

“When a player comes out and says that, it just speaks volumes about what Leeds did last season.

“When you’ve got a player coming out and saying ‘I would love to play for Leeds’.

“He could be a good replacement for someone like Helder Costa and he wouldn’t cost the Earth.”

Danjuma joined Bournemouth from Club Brugge in the summer of 2019 after just one year in Belgium.

Despite making 14 appearances for the Cherries during their relegation campaign he failed to find the back of the net.

In other news, Leeds United have agreed the terms of a £20million-plus new deal.