Leeds United snub deal for Tottenham international, Bielsa pulled plug on double Whites swoop

England manager Gareth Southgate has explained his decision to hand a first England call-up to Leeds United forward Patrick Bamford.

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The Whites favourite will be in the squad for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Hungary, Andorra, and Poland, and the Three Lions boss has claimed that the games will provide Bamford with a chance to prove himself at the highest level.

"There was an opportunity for us in the forward areas," said Southgate.

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"We were very pleased with what Ollie Watkins did at the end of last season, and now is an opportunity for Patrick as a number nine as well. His progress with Leeds has been excellent, it was a very close thing at the end of the last season with us, and this is a good chance for him to come back in."

West Brom are in for Brighton's Jayson Molumby on loan. The Baggies are targeting more midfield firepower this summer. (The Sun) (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Meanwhile, Elland Road chief Victor Orta, who helped to bring Bamford to Leeds, has congratulated the forward for finally getting the nod after a stellar 2020/21 campaign.

He said: "Today is a proud day for Patrick and his family and they deserve this.

"I first worked with Patrick when we signed him permanently whilst I worked at Middlesbrough and I’ve always been struck by what a good person he is, as well as a top player.

"Under Marcelo he has developed magnificently and I’m delighted that Gareth has rewarded his efforts with a call up to join Kalvin in the National team. More success is to come, I am sure."

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We’ve gathered the best of today’s Premier League speculation below…

Wolves, Southampton, and Newcastle United are considering late moves for Valencia midfielder Kang-In Lee. The South Korean international is free to leave this summer. (The Sun) (Photo by SHINJI AKAGI/AFP via Getty Images)
Aberdeen have agreed to sign Matty Longstaff on loan from Newcastle United, with a medical due to be completed this weekend. (Football Insider) (Photo by Charlotte Tattersall/Getty Images)
Manchester United wonderkid Amad Diallo looks set to miss out on a loan move to Wolverhampton Wanderers, Burnley or Crystal Palace. (The Athletic) (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa pulled the plug on potential deals to sign both Noa Lang and Matheus Cunha this summer. (The Athletic) (Photo by Maja Hitij/Getty Images)
Leeds United are still in the race to sign Nahitan Nandez this summer, although Tottenham continue to provide strong competition. (Calcio Mercato) (Photo by Enrico Locci/Getty Images)
Talks between Tottenham Hotspur and Watford are progressing over a move for Moussa Sissoko. (Fabrizio Romano) (Photo by Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images)
Leeds United have rejected a chance to sign Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Harry Winks on a temporary basis. (The Athletic) (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)