Leeds have major advantage over West Ham in reported Nemanja Radoja race

Marcelo Bielsa, manager of Leeds, before the Sky Bet Championship match between Wigan Athletic and Leeds United at the DW Stadium, Wigan on Saturday 17th August 2019.

Championship table-toppers Leeds United and Premier League outfit West Ham United have both been linked with former La Liga midfielder Nemanja Radoja.

Nemanja Radoja of Celta de Vigo looks on during Celta de Vigo players before the pre-season friendly match between Celta de Vigo and Mainz 05 at Estadio de Balaidos on August 11, 2018 in...

West Ham United won’t be signing Nemanja Radoja any time soon, contrary to reports.

TEAMtalk claimed over the weekend that a Serbian international midfielder could be on his way to the London Stadium.

Radoja was released by Celta Vigo earlier in the summer after missing the entirety of last season with a serious injury and, as a result, he can be signed anytime, anywhere, even after the transfer window has slammed shut.

But The Hammers need to sell before they sign.

 

According to Football London, there is no room in West Ham’s 25-man Premier League squad for another player over 21, free agent or otherwise. To make space for Radoja, Manuel Pellegrini will have to find a buyer for one of his players with two weeks remaining in the European window.

Fortunately for Leeds, they don’t have the same restrictions.

Nemanja Radoja of Celta de Vigo looks on during the La Liga match between Celta de Vigo and Malaga at Balaidos Stadium on March 18, 2018 in Vigo, Spain.

TEAMtalk believes that Elland Road is also a potential destination for Radoja, a defensively minded midfielder with a fine passing range. He averaged an 86 per cent pass completion rate in his last season in Celta’s first-team. Even Kalvin Phillips, West Yorkshire’s answer to Andrea Pirlo, cannot match those levels of accuracy.

With 44 games to go in a gruelling Championship campaign, Leeds need all the players they can get and Radoja would provide not only cover but quality in Marcelo Bielsa’s ranks.

If they really want him, now is the time to make a move.

Paul Pogba of Manchester United is chased by Nemanja Radoja of Celta Vigo during the UEFA Europa League semi final, first leg match between Celta Vigo and Manchester United at the Estadio...

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