Leeds United's sporting director Victor Orta has told the club's official website that new signings Ezgjan Alioski and Samu Saiz rejected big moves to join the Whites this past summer.
The Whites have undergone a major overhaul this summer, both on the pitch and off the pitch, with Orta brought in to oversee the recruitment of new signings.
Whilst Matthew Pennington, Cameron Borthwick-Jackson and Andy Lonergan all arrived from English clubs, Orta spent most of the summer targeting players around Europe to boost the Leeds squad.
For example, Jay-Roy Grot and Mateusz Klich arrived from the Netherlands, Pawel Cibicki has come in from Sweden, whilst Felix Wiedwald and Pierre-Michel Lasogga left Germany for Elland Road.
Leeds' work in the transfer market has been admirable, bringing in exciting signings with real potential, and Orta has discussed how Leeds fought off major competition for two key signings.
Macedonian international winger Ezgjan Alioski joined from Swiss side Lugano, whilst Spanish playmaker Samu Saiz left Huesca for West Yorkshire, with both players coming off superb seasons, where they recorded goals and assists aplenty.
Now, Orta has told the Leeds official website that both players had offers to join clubs playing in Europe this season, with Alioski attracting interest from major German clubs, and Saiz was pursued by important Spanish sides – but they both chose Leeds.
Orta noted that when Leeds receive that desire to join the club, they work hard to get deals done, as seen with Alioski and Saiz, adding that it's important to know that a transfer target wants to join the club rather than see them as just a choice.
“I will highlight two good situations; Alioski had offers from Bundesliga teams who play in the Europa League, and he chose Leeds,” said Orta. “Samu Saiz had offers from La Liga teams that can play in European competition, and he chose Leeds. When we feel this from a player, we really put in hard work to sign them, and this is important; have the feeling that the player wants to play for you,” he added.