LEEDS are lining up a £15million swoop for Tottenham defender Juan Foyth – regardless of whether they land Ben White.
Elland Road boss Marcelo Bielsa believes his fellow Argentinian would strengthen his newly-promoted squad for the club’s long-awaited return to the Premier League next season.
Foyth is set to quit Spurs after falling out of the first-team picture under new boss Jose Mourinho.
And he would relish the chance to work under compatriot Bielsa, stating: “Bielsa is one of the best coaches in the world and it would be nice to be coached by him.”
The 22-year-old was signed from Estudiantes by previous manager Mauricio Pochettino in August 2017.
But he has not started a match for Tottenham since December 28, when Mourinho hauled him off at half-time of their 2-2 draw at Norwich.
The player has seen Japhet Tanganga, 20, leapfrog above him in the pecking order at Spurs.
Bielsa is looking to bolster his Leeds squad after guiding them to the Championship title – which will see them back in the top flight after a 16-year absence.
The club are trying desperately to sign Brighton centre-back White in a £20m deal after he starred for them on loan this season but the Seagulls do not want to sell to a potential relegation rival.
Foyth can operate in the centre of defence or at right-back – where he has won the most recent of his ten caps for Argentina.
The Tottenham man’s versatility would be a great asset to Leeds in their fight to retain their Premier League status.
Foyth has made 32 appearances for the North Londoners in all competitions, scoring once.
Boca Juniors are also interested in signing him, but he insisted last month that he did not want to return to Argentina.