Leeds United transfer rumours: Aston Villa tipped to beat Whites to 16-assist ace

Leeds United head into their final five matches of the 2020/21 campaign this weekend, when they take on Brighton & Hove Albion at the Amex Stadium.

Leeds United transfer news

The Whites are undefeated in six matches, and will look to continue their fine run of form with another good result against the Seagulls.

Speaking after last weekend's 0-0 draw with arch-rivals Manchester United, Leeds star Kalvin Phillips reflected on his side's impressive season, and revealed: “It's massive (being in the top half of the table) for us.

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“We never thought at the start of the season we would be in the top 10 - we just take every game as it comes. We've done very well this season. We've still got a few games left. We're safe now, so we can enjoy our football.

Burnley are rumoured to be lining up a £9m raid for Stoke City defender Nathan Collins, who looks set to secure a move to the top tier this summer. Manchester United and Arsenal have both been linked with the player previously. (Football Insider)

“The pressure is kind of off now because we know whatever happens we're not going to go down so we can enjoy it and push on for the rest of the games.”

Meanwhile, down in the Championship, Barnsley have already secured a play-off spot, while fellow Yorkshire sides Huddersfield Town, Sheffield Wednesday and Rotherham United all remain locked in a fierce relegation battle that looks set to go down to the final day of the season.

Here are today's biggest transfer stories and the latest team news involving Leeds United Huddersfield Town and a number of other sides from Yorkshire and beyond, as the reaction to the build-up to the weekend's action continues:

Ex-Sheffield Wednesday ace Calrton Palmer has backed Derby County boss Wayne Rooney to make a sensational return to the playing field for the Rams' last two games of the season - if he's fit enough to feature. (Football League World)
West Ham United have been urged to consider a move for Barnsley ace Conor Chaplin, if they can't sign Man Utd's Jesse Lingard on a permanent deal this summer. Chaplin has played a role in the Tykes' play-off push this season. (The Athletic)
Sources close to Bristol City have suggested that Middlesbrough could miss out on Robins striker Famara Diedhiou, as the player has a contract offer on the table from his current club, and has settled in the city since joining in 2017. (Bristol Post)
Reports from north of the border have again linked Norwich City with a move for Celtic defender Kristoffer Ajer, with a figure of around £8m suggested as a potential bid. He's been capped 21 times at senior level for Norway. (Scottish Sun)
Millwall, Stoke City, Birmingham and Nottingham Forest have all been credited with an interest in Bristol City winger Jamie Paterson. The 29-year-old will be up for grabs at the end of the season, once his contract with the Robins expires. (Football Insider)
Watford could be set to go head to head with Brighton to sign Portsmouth starlet Charlie Bell in the next transfer window. The 18-year-old midfielder is out of contract in the summer, and won't be extending his stay with the League One side. (The News)
Watford are believed to be plotting a summer raid for Chelsea striker Ike Ugbo, who has scored 16 goals on loan with Cercle Brugge this season. Fulham, Monaco and CSKA Moscow could pose stiff competition, however. (Sport Witness)
Ex-Aston Villa striker Emile Heskey has tipped his former side to win the race to sign Norwich City star Emi Buendia this summer, claiming they'd be an ideal fit for his talents. Leeds United and Arsenal have also been heavily-linked with the Argentine ace. (Birmingham Mail)
Ipswich Town have emerged as contenders to sign Sheffield Wednesday's £10m striker Jordan Rhodes, ahead of Huddersfield Town and Cardiff. He began his career with Ipswich, before joining the Terriers back in 2009, where he scored 87 goals. (Football League World)