Leeds United fell narrowly short of promotion this season. After just missing out on automatic promotion, Leeds were beaten by Derby County in the play-off semi-final.
The Whites took a 1-0 lead back to Elland Road and went 2-0 up on aggregate in the second half. However, Derby roared back to reach the play-off final before Aston Villa beat them.
Leeds are now set for another season in the second tier. But several of their players could be of interest to West Ham. Here are three Leeds stars West Ham should try to poach…
Jack Clarke burst onto the scene this season and provided a refreshing outlet for Leeds on the wing. The homegrown talent broke into the first-team under Marcelo Bielsa and was a regular starter until falling ill midway through the campaign.
The 18-year-old winger is an exciting prospect. With pace, skill and an eye for goal, Clarke has the ingredients to become a top-class player in the near future.
According to The Daily Mail, Spurs want Clarke in a £12m deal. But West Ham should consider joining the multi-club race for the talented teenager’s signature.
West Ham will be trying to sign a fourth centre-back this summer. Issa Diop, Fabian Balbuena and Angelo Ogbonna need a fourth option for rotation purposes.
At the right price, Leeds star Pontus Jansson could be a shrewd purchase. The Sweden international is a fan favourite at Leeds and he has proven himself with consistent performances in the Championship.
The 28-year-old stands at 6ft 4in tall, providing an aerial threat at both ends. He would surely be tempted by the lure of the Premier League if West Ham expressed an interest.
Central midfield is another priority position this summer. Manuel Pellegrini wants another player in this department to add competition for places.
Kalvin Phillips has been a mainstay in the Leeds midfield this season and could be set for the step up. The 23-year-old has played just under 150 senior games for the Whites so he can offer the ideal blend of youth and experience.
The Leeds-born midfielder operates predominantly as a holding midfielder but is also comfortable at centre-back. Norwich City reportedly want to bid £12m for Phillips (as per The Daily Mail) but West Ham should consider joining this hunt.