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Leeds must hijack reported Derby move for Florian Jozefzoon

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New Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa must look to succeed where Derby have failed, and launch a bigger bid for Brentford attacker Florian Jozefzoon; after it was revealed by a Sky Sports journalist that the Rams have had an offer ‘knocked back’. 

Lyall Thomas, who is a reporter for Sky Sports, revealed the news by means of his personal Twitter account, indicating that Derby have seen a £1.5million bid rejected because it fails to meet their valuation.

Jozefzoon, 27, has shone during his two-year-stint with the Bees, scoring an impressive eight goals whilst also tallying 10 assists.

The former Netherlands Under-20 international is exactly the kind of player that could take Leeds to the next level, as Jozefzoon was integral to Brentford’s impressive season, where they narrowly missed out on a playoff berth.

With the Swedish forward Pawel Cibicki departing the club on Tuesday, there is a space available for Bielsa to play with, and Jozefzoon should be brought in to add some much-needed competition for starting roles.

The 27-year-old’s pace is a frightening aspect to his game, and would compliment the nippy players already amongst the Whites ranks, such as Kemar Roofe and Samuel Saiz.

Bielsa is a vastly experienced manager, and could look to succeed in the inexperienced Frank Lampard’s failures to negotiate a transfer, which would boost Leeds’ hopes of moving towards the playoffs.

Derby themselves are a fellow playoff hopeful, so Leeds absolutely must not allow the Rams to land the talented Jozefzoon, and must pipe Lampard’s unit to land the impressive winger.

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