The perfect Leeds transfer: Get promoted, sign ex-star for free

Elland Road pitchside

How a perfect storm of events could see Fabian Delph return to Leeds next season.

Former Leeds star Fabian Delph earned him an England cap earlier this month.

The 24-year-old is beginning to show the potential which saw him hailed as a wonderkid during his time at Elland Road, and which led to Aston Villa signing him in the first place - But his future remains uncertain.

Delph's contract expires in June 2015, and The Mirror report he is stalling on signing a new contract, linking Everton and Arsenal to his signature.

Both clubs would be excellent options for Delph, but there is an x-factor which could cloud his decision.

There is something happening at his former club Leeds United right now, with the takeover of Massimo Cellino and appointment of manager Darko Milanic, aimed at getting the best out of the 15 players signed in the summer.

The direction of their season is as yet unclear, but a promotion challenge via a play-off push cannot be ruled out, and there is real talent in the squad.

Should Leeds overcome the 20/1 odds and clinch a long awaited return to the Premier League, the club would be in a fantastic position to make a pitch to Delph over a stunning return to the club.

The midfielder is still highly regarded at Leeds, with academy manager Neil Redfearn recently stating upon his England recognition that Delph's progress is held up to the youngsters currently at the club as inspiration as to what can be achieved.

If there is a man who can sell the club to him and their ambition, it is Massimo Cellino, the passionate and extrovert owner whose buoyancy would know no bounds should the club clinch promotion.

Such a scenario is of course finely balance on a specific set of scenarios falling into place, Delph holding out on his future until the season's end, Leeds winning promotion, and being able to convince him to choose them over a club longer established in the top flight.

Yet right now it does not seem entirely impossible, it may be with time, but if there is a dream scenario for Leeds fans regarding their fortunes on the pitch - they don't get much better.

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