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Leeds United ‘plan to accept’ £12m bid as Liverpool . . .

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Leeds United are now less than 24 hours away from Thursday’s Championship play-off semi-final second leg at home against Norwich City. Daniel Farke’s side fought hard to leave Carrow Road with a 0-0 draw on Sunday, but they must now build on that consistent effort in front of a crowded and expectant Elland Road.

Victory on Thursday night would mean a trip to Wembley Stadium on May 26 and a chance to face Southampton or West Bromwich Albion for promotion. There’s still lots to play for on Thursday, and the YEP has compiled a list of the most recent articles involving the Whites ahead of the season’s last home game.

Aaronson decision

Leeds are apparently aiming to sell Brenden Aaronson this summer, regardless of the league they play in. According to Football Insider, those in power at Elland Road may want to cut losses by selling Aaronson for as little as £12 million.

Following Leeds’ relegation last season, Aaronson was one of numerous players forced to leave the club on loan due to a provision in their contract. The American joined Union Berlin but has only scored two goals and provided one assist in 37 games.

 

It is unknown whether the aforementioned provisions will be activated again if Leeds fails to win promotion, but it appears that the club is already willing to trade Aaronson. A £12 million sale would be a big decrease from the £25 million Leeds paid RB Salzburg less than two years ago.

McCarthy interest

Liverpool and Newcastle United are reportedly interested in signing Alex McCarthy, a former Leeds goalkeeper. According to the Daily Mail, Scottish Premiership giants Celtic are also interested in signing the shot-stopper, who is now at Southampton, this summer.

The 34-year-old is now St Mary’s second-choice goalkeeper, but he appears poised to play a role in the play-offs, since regular starter Gavin Bazunu is out injured with a ruptured achilles. He played in the 2-1 victory at Elland Road on the penultimate day of the regular season and could be ready for a surprise promotion as top-flight teams circle.

McCarthy’s contract with Southampton expires in the summer, and his imminent free agency status has piqued the interest of a number of clubs looking for reinforcements in goal. The experienced goalkeeper would most likely provide cover for Newcastle and Liverpool while also fulfilling the Premier League’s quota of homegrown players, comparable to Manchester City’s signing of Scott Carson.

 

 

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