Leeds now have to beat Rangers to Lewis MacLeod, if Samu Saiz leaves

Preston North End's Daniel Johnson rides a tackle from Leeds United's Samu Saiz during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Preston North End at Elland Road on September...

Saiz has been linked with a move from Getafe to Leeds.

Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa gives instructions too substitute Samu Saiz at Elland Road on October 27, 2018 in Leeds, England.

Leeds United look reportedly set to lose playmaker Samu Saiz to Spanish side Getafe in the January transfer window, and it puts huge importance onto the club's pursuit of Brentford star Lewis MacLeod.

Spanish newspaper Marca claim 27-year-old midfielder Saiz is set to join Getafe and could be in attendance on Saturday when the top-flight Spanish side go up against Real Sociedad.

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Saiz has been excellent for Leeds since joining the club in the summer of 2017 from Huesca, scoring 10 goals and creating 11 more in 58 league and cup appearances. He is a favourite among fans, and even has his own song.

 

But he has been in and out of the side under Marcelo Bielsa of late, with the Argentine manager preferring Mateusz Klich and Adam Forshaw in his attacking midfield - meaning Saiz has started only one of Leeds' last seven league games.

Reliable sources have suggested a move is on the cards for Saiz - including the Yorkshire Evening Post. It means Leeds have to replace the Spaniard, and beating Rangers to MacLeod is now crucial.

The Scottish Sun claimed on October 31 that Leeds are rivalling Rangers for MacLeod, after the midfielder rejected a new contract at Griffin Park. He is out of contract at the end of the season.

SHEFFIELD, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 01:Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa during the Sky Bet Championship match between Sheffield United and Leeds United at Bramall Lane on December 1, 2018 in...

Rangers are likely to prove an attractive prospect for MacLeod, after the Scotsman left Ibrox to join Brentford. He played 76 times for the Gers, and that surely makes Steven Gerrard's side the favourites if they are indeed keen.

But with Saiz leaving, Leeds have to do all they can to beat Gerrard and Rangers to MacLeod's signature, as he is the perfect replacement for the Spanish star.

Massively underrated, MacLeod is the perfect Bielsa player. Excellent natural fitness, hard working and chipping in with three goals this season from attacking midfield, he will be a superb signing on the cheap due to his contract.

If Saiz does indeed join Getafe, then, Leeds have to beat Rangers to the signing of MacLeod.

Lewis MacLeod of Brentford (4) celebrates after scoring his team's first goal with team mate Said Benrahma (21) during the Sky Bet Championship match between West Bromwich Albion and...

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