Report claims Marcelo Bielsa was displeased with player's £7.1m Reading move after Leeds delayed talks

Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa takes his place in the dugout during the Sky Bet Championship match between Stoke City and Leeds United at Bet365 Stadium on August 24, 2019 in Stoke on...

The Leeds United manager is said to have been keen on the summer Reading recruit.

Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa takes his place in the dugout during the Sky Bet Championship match between Stoke City and Leeds United at Bet365 Stadium on August 24, 2019 in Stoke on...

George Puscas's move from Inter Milan to Reading came at the displeasure of Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa, according to reports in Romania.

Digisport claims Bielsa's scouts were intending to watch Puscas in action against Tottenham Hotspur, but the striker was brought on late in the game and 'did not have time to impress'.

 

The report adds that Leeds then delayed negotiations while Puscas arrived at Reading, for a reported fee of £7.1 million (Transfermarkt), instead.

And it goes on to highlight Bielsa's fondness for Puscas-like physical centre forwards, such as Gabriel Batistuta and Fernando Llorente.

George Puscas of Reading makes a break  during the Sky Bet Championship match between Reading and Cardiff City at Madejski Stadium on August 18, 2019 in Reading, England.

Leeds - who also employ in-form Patrick Bamford in the Romanian's position - lost striker Kemar Roofe to Anderlecht in the summer transfer window and eventually replaced him with Arsenal's Eddie Nketiah on loan.

Puscas is proving a popular addition at Reading, having scored three goals in his first six Royals appearances.

Would Puscas have been a good addition for Leeds?

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