Leeds reportedly want the new Harry Maguire and Niko Kovac's successor

Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa during the Sky Bet Championship Play-off  First Leg match between Derby County and Leeds United at Pride Park Stadium on May 11, 2019 in Derby, England.

Championship giants Leeds United are reportedly keen to enhance their squad by signing Leyton Orient's Dan Happe and Dinamo Zagreb's Ivan Sunjic.

Harry Maguire of England speaks with Harry Kane of England after the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia 3rd Place Playoff match between Belgium and England at Saint Petersburg Stadium on July 14,...

Leeds United’s squad is looking in far greater shape now than it was two weeks ago.

In the last few days, Jack Harrison and Jack Clarke have returned to Elland Road for the 2019/20 season while Helder Costa has arrived on loan from Wolves with a view to a permanent £15 million switch, a fee that would make him Leeds’ most expensive signing since Rio Ferdinand two decades ago (The Sun).

But there are still one or two positions that could do with a bit of investment if The Whites are to go one better and secure a long-awaited return to the Premier League.


They are short at centre-half but maybe not for much longer. The Mail claims that Dan Happe is all-but guaranteed to leave Leyton Orient with one year left on his contract and Leeds are understood to be long-term admirers.

The fact that Happe has been compared to Leicester City’s £80 million-rated Harry Maguire speaks volumes with the 20-year-old combining a commanding, physical style with real quality on the ball and the ability to dictate play from centre-half.

No wonder Marcelo Bielsa likes him.

Harry Maguire of England gestures during the UEFA Nations League Third Place Playoff match between Switzerland and England at Estadio D. Afonso Henriques on June 9, 2019 in Guimaraes,...

According to The Mail, Leeds are targeting the new Niko Kovac as well as Brisbane Road’s answer to England’s number six. Ivan Sunjic, captain of Croatia’s U21s, is reportedly a target while Birmingham City have offered £3.5 million.

“I think that Sunjic has already imposed himself as one of the best players in the league,” former Lokomotiva coach Mario Tokic told Sportske. “His game is very smart and he reminds me more and more of Niko Kovac."

High praise indeed. Kovac is one of the greatest Croatian footballers of all time after all, a midfielder with 83 caps who was famed for his excellent passing range and his fierce competitive streak. Kovac even won three trophies as a player for Bayern Munich before returning to the Bavarians last summer as their manager.

So if Sunjic and Happe arrive at Leeds, they’ll come with big expectations on their shoulders.

Ivan Sunjic of Croatia controls the ball during the 2019 UEFA U-21 Group C match between Croatia and England at San Marino Stadium on June 24, 2019 in Serravalle, Italy.

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