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Exclusive: David Norris calls for Leeds United to cash-in on Helder Costa

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Former midfielder Norris has urged Marcelo Bielsa to boost his transfer budget by selling Helder Costa.

Costa, who made his initial loan move from Wolverhampton Wanderers permanent for a £16million fee in 2020, failed to nail down a place in Bielsa’s preferred starting line-up in Leeds’ first season back in the Premier League.

The 27-year-old only made 23 first-team appearances last term, with just 14 being starts.

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Costa is Leeds’ fourth highest earner at the club, on wages of £32,500-per-week, and has three years remaining on his contract.

As a result, would be in a good negotiating position should any potential suitors come in for the former Benfica trainee.

Ex-Aston Villa striker Gabby Agbonlahor has called for Costa to be sold after a disappointing spell with the Yorkshire club.

Norris, who enjoyed a three-year spell with during his playing career, feels showing Costa the exit door would make sense for all parties.

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Speaking exclusively to TIF, Norris said: “I think if they can get £9million back on him, it’s the right time.

“It hasn’t worked out for him. Sometimes I don’t think his body language has helped and I’m not sure he works hard enough. I don’t know if he fully suits the way they play.

“If they can get a good few million for him, I think the time is right for him to go.”

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