Leeds United have allegedly made the first move to sign West Ham United target Valentin Castellanos in the summer transfer window.
That’s according to a report from La Pagina who claims that Leeds are ready to lodge a £10 million bid for the 23-year-old New York City FC striker.
Tutto Mercato Web recently claimed that Hammers boss David Moyes is keen to bring the Argentinian hitman to the London Stadium in the summer.
Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa seems determined to scupper West Ham’s plans though.
And it seems as though the East London outfit will have to act fast if we are to prevent the South American hitman ending up at Elland Road next season.
Leeds prepare first move to secure Valentin Castellanos summer transfer
According to a report from La Pagina, the Whites are preparing a £10 million offer for the New York City hitman.
West Ham need to make a counter offer and push Leeds all the way for Castellanos. We strongly believe he would be a very useful addition for David Moyes in the summer.
NYCFC manager Ronny Deila recently described Castellanos as an ‘unbelievable’ striker (90min).
The 23-year-old scored 23 goals in 36 games for the MLS side this season (Transfermarkt).
He is technically gifted, is absolutely rapid and is obviously a very good finisher. He’s strong in the air as well and can play anywhere along the front-line.
The Argentinian forward is a very hard-worker – a prerequisite for a Moyes signing. It really does seem like the New York City striker has everything that the Scot looks for in a forward player.
So why wait? Especially with Leeds about to make the first move.
Losing out to Bielsa’s side on Castellanos would be a big blow for the Hammers. Moyes desperately needs to bring a top-class striker to the London Stadium. The South American ace may not be that well known, but he certainly has the attributes needed to succeed in the Premier League for West Ham.
Perhaps it will take more than £10 million to prise him away from New York, especially if a bidding war commences between West Ham and Leeds.
And then it will just be a case of which club is prepared to take the greater risk. We feel as though Castellanos is worth taking a punt on. Let’s hope that if Moyes really does want to sign him, then the owners back the Scot to the hilt in the summer to get a deal done for the Argentinian ace.