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Leeds in for Costa as Wolves look to freshen up

Leeds United want Wolves winger Helder Costa as Marcelo Bielsa looks to freshen up his squad for another promotion assault next season.

The 25-year-old one-time £13m club record signing is expected to be made available this summer after only playing a bit-part role last season.

Leeds will look to strike a loan arrangement with Wolves if they can, as they risk being priced out of any permanent deal. The Elland Road club are looking to see if an agreement can be reached with Wolves and Costa’s agent, Jorge Mendes.

Should the Portuguese sign for Leeds, he will join a familiar face at Elland Road in left wing back Barry Douglas, who made the same journey for £5m almost a year ago.

Both were heavily involved in Wolves’ title-winning year in the Championship in 2017-18 but Costa scored just once in 25 games in the Premier League as his form faded.

He started off as a fixture in the team last term, but once he started struggling for form, he became a victim of the switch in formation from 3-4-3 to 3-5-2, as Nuno Espirito Santo opted to play Raul Jimenez and Diogo Jota up front. His last Premier League start was in the 2-0 defeat to Crystal Palace on January 2 as he spent much of the second half of last season on the bench.

Costa was a revelation when he first signed for Wolves on loan from Monaco, scoring 10 goals in his first 35 League games in 2016-17, prompting his move to be made permanent in January 2017 at a cost of £13m. He has scored 19 goals in 106 League outings for Wolves.

Costa is one of two Wolves recent club record signings linked with moves back to the Championship and West Yorkshire outfits after fellow Portuguese attacker Ivan Cavaleiro was targeted by Fulham and is now reportedly wanted by relegated Huddersfield.

Leeds are looking to improve after being beaten 4-3 on aggregate in the play-off semi-finals by Derby after having led the table for long spells of the season before finishing third, six points off automatic promotion.