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Should Leeds United push for ex-Monk attacker Jonathan de Guzman?

Jonathan de Guzman

Jonathan de Guzman would be an ambitious target for Leeds United.

Jonathan de GuzmanJonathan de Guzman

Leeds United are hoping to put together a squad capable of challenging for promotion this season from the Championship, and need an injection of quality to do so.

New boss Garry Monk will be working hard in the transfer market to bring in new faces, and if need be, draw on old connections to do so.

Perhaps the most ambitious target he could chase is a player who was his teammate, and who he managed at Swansea City, Jonathan de Guzman.

Jonathan De Guzman -  Swansea CityJonathan De Guzman - Swansea City

De Guzman was at Swansea on a loan deal from Villarreal, and signed for Napoli in 2014, but he has struggled to make an impact in Italy.

He has made just 36 appearances in two years for the club, scoring seven goals, and was deemed expendable in January, sent out on loan to Carpi, where he played just five games.

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The 28-year-old faces an uncertain future and is likely to be made available this summer, with it reported last summer by the Chronicle that Napoli tried to farm him out to Sunderland for the year. only for a deal to fall through.

This is where with Leeds owner Massimo Cellino's Italian contacts, and Garry Monk's past connection, Leeds should be pushing to sign De Guzman.

Jonathan de Guzman celebrates after scoring the first goal for SwanseaJonathan de Guzman celebrates after scoring the first goal for Swansea

This could come in the form of a loan deal, while a permanent switch may not be impossible either, with transfermarkt listing his current value at £3 million, the same fee Leeds paid for Chris Wood last summer.

De Guzman is able to play in an attacking midfield role behind the striker, or out wide on the wing, and has 14 international caps for Holland.

His aim at Carpi was to play regularly after being used mainly as a substitute by Napoli or not at all, and Leeds could offer him regular football and try to sway him with the promise of being a central figure in their promotion push. It may not be enough, but if they could sway a deal it would be a game changer.

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