By Kevin Phillips

1st Jan, 2021 | 9:55am

Pundit Exclusive: Leeds tipped to sign Spain international after huge development

Kevin Phillips has tipped Leeds United to sign Diego Costa on a free transfer this month.

The former Sunderland and England striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, has suggested the 32-year-old would be tempted to move to Elland Road this month after watching how many attacking chances Marcelo Bielsa’s men have created this season.

Atletico confirmed on Tuesday that they had reached an agreement to terminate the Spain international’s contract, which was set to expire in the summer, to leave him as a free agent heading into January.

The former Chelsea hitman managed to start just twice in seven appearances this season as injury problems limited his availability.

The Daily Mail report Costa was on £270,000-a-week at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium, meaning Leeds would likely have to smash their wage structure to secure his signature.

However, Phillips still believes the Whites could pull off what would be a stunning capture and bolster their forward line with proven Premier League and international quality.

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“They might need someone like Diego Costa, he might be looking at Leeds and thinking: ‘Look at the way they play football, I could score goals in there’,” Phillips told Football Insider.

“I know he’s been linked with Wolves but he’s a free agent, isn’t he, so it would not surprise me with Bielsa if he pitched up at Leeds.”

Costa, who left Atletico Madrid to join Chelsea back in 2014, netted 58 times in 120 appearances for the Blues, with 52 of those goals scored in just 89 Premier League games.

Patrick Bamford is currently Bielsa’s first-choice centre-forward, while Rodrigo Moreno and Tyler Roberts have also filled in up front on occasions this season.

In other news, Leeds United have reached agreement on blockbuster 2021 signing that’s “almost a free transfer”.