'Very difficult to replace': Manager admits reported Leeds United target is leaving

Leeds fans show their support prior to the Sky Bet Championship Play-off semi final second leg match between Leeds United and Derby County at Elland Road on May 15, 2019 in Leeds, England.

Championship promotion chasers Leeds United are reportedly battling Premier League duo West Ham and Norwich City for Rayo's Adri Embarba.

Adri Embarba of Rayo Vallecano during the La Liga Santander  match between FC Barcelona v Rayo Vallecano at the Camp Nou on March 9, 2019 in Barcelona Spain

Rayo Vallecano coach Paco Jemez has admitted that Leeds United and West Ham target Adrian Embarba is on the verge of leaving the Madrid-based club, in quotes reported by AS.

The silky Spaniard might be playing in the second tier these days after Rayo’s relegation from La Liga but that does not mean that his eye-catching performances have gone unnoticed.

Embarba has produced seven goals and 11 assists in the Segunda and, according to Mundo Deportivo, Leeds, West Ham and Norwich City are all keeping tabs on a winger with the speed, skill and end product to win games all on his own.

 

And, speaking 48 hours after those links emerged, Rayo boss Jemez has pretty much confirmed that Embarba is on his way – though La Liga strugglers Espanyol are currently in pole position for a forward with an £8.5 million release-clause in his contract.

"It seems that he is leaving. We cannot do anything,” bemoaned the madcap tactician.

“I have mixed feelings. I am happy for him, he is a reference here (but) his is very, very difficult to replace. These are things that we cannot control, no matter how much it hurts.

(BILD ZEITUNG OUT) Serge Leuko of CD Lugo and Adrian Embarba Blazquez of Rayo Vallecano controls the ball during the match between Rayo Vallecano and CD Lugo at Campo de Futbol de Vallecas...

“We have to keep going without him. We will have to recover and find a replacement. Now there is a lot of money (in the coffers), but it is difficult to find players like him.”

Leeds, West Ham or Norwich will have to act fast if they want to snatch Embarba from under Espanyol’s nose with the Pericos digging deep and spending big in an attempt to stave off the very real threat of relegation.

Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds could miss out on one winger but land another with The Mail reporting that they have agreed a deal with Manchester City for England U20 ace Ian Carlo Poveda.

Ian Poveda of Manchester City celebrates with Alpha Diounkou after scoring the opening goal during the UEFA Youth League match between Manchester City and Atalanta at Manchester City...

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