Leeds’ transfer hopes suffer setback as Josko Gvardiol rejects move to Elland Road

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Leeds have lost out to RB Leipzig in the race to sign Croatian rising star Josko Gvardiol.

Leeds agreed a fee of £19.6million or 22million Euros with Dinamo Zagreb for the 18-year-old Gvardiol with a 20 per cent sell-in clause.

However the centre-half has rejected Leeds to sign for Leipzig, even though Leeds’ offer of a four-year deal worth £25,000-a-week was worth more.

The Croatia Under-21 international feels Leipzig is a better career move because of their rapid progress in recent years and they reached the semi-finals of last season’s Champions League.

Gvardiol could not be persuaded by Leeds’ promise that he would become part of Marcelo Bielsa’s first-team squad straight away, while Leipzig may loan him out for the rest of this season.

Leeds director of football Victor Orta had identified Josko Gvardiol
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Leeds are now considering other defensive options and they are a player down at centre-half after Ben White returned to Brighton and Gaetano Berardi was released at the end of last season.

Leeds did replace White with Germany international Robin Koch, but they feel they need more cover in the heart of their defence.

Robin Koch (right) has been Leeds' sole defensive signing
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Meanwhile, Leeds’ bid to sign Rodrigo De Paul is at an impasse and they are refusing to meet Udinese’s £35million asking price for the Argentina midfielder.

Leeds have so far indicated they are prepared to pay £22.3million for De Paul and are looking at other midfield targets, such as Rangers' Ryan Kent.

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Patrick Bamford finally proving his Premier League point with Leeds United

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Patrick Bamford has taken two games to prove something he couldn’t in two seasons.

Bamford has shown he can score goals in the Premier League by netting in Leeds’ first two games back in the big time.

He has answered his doubters, who claimed he could not cut it in the top flight because of his barren spells with Crystal Palace, Burnley and Middlesbrough between 2015 and 2017.

Bamford managed just one goal – against Southampton for Middlesbrough in May 2017 – from his first 27 appearances in the Premier League.

He now looks totally at home in the top tier and his cool finish for Leeds’ third goal in their thrilling 4-3 win over Fulham was Thierry Henryesque.

Patrick Bamford scoring against Liverpool on the opening day
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He won the penalty for Leeds’ second, while his best moment was his pacy and powerful run down the left and precise pull-back for Helder Costa to score the fourth.

Like every player at Leeds, his improvement is down to Marcelo Bielsa and the Argentinian knew when he took over at Elland Road in June 2018 that Bamford would be perfect for his style of football.

He spent virtually all of his first transfer budget to sign the former Chelsea starlet a month later for £7million in a sign of his belief in him.

Bamford, 27, has repaid Bielsa with 26 league goals in 68 league appearances for Leeds, but he contributes much more than that for Bielsa.

Bielsa loves his selfless work rate as a No 9 and he leads the press, closing down the opposition defenders.

Marcelo Bielsa loves Patrick Bamford because he suits his style
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This is why Bielsa stuck with him last season, even though on-loan Arsenal hitman Eddie Nketiah was more prolific.

Bamford has also kept his starting place ahead of club record £26million signing Rodrigo, who is taking time to adjust to life back in the Premier League.

“It’s a nice start, hopefully I can keep it up,” said Bamford. “The main thing is I’m doing my bit for the team. If that’s scoring goals, that’s probably the best thing a striker can do.

“If it’s not that, then it’s doing the other things and whilst it’s tiring, I just try and do as much as I can and hopefully the team appreciate it.”

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The embarrassing moment golfer Danny Lee misses FIVE short putts at US Open at Winged Foot

Danny Lee had a third round to forget at the US Open following an embarrassing passage of play which saw him miss five putts in quick succession and then withdraw with a wrist injury after throwing his club down in frustration.

The New Zealander’s opening-round 70 was followed up by a five-over 75 to get him through to the weekend’s play at the second major this year. 

But on the final green at Winged Foot, Lee’s tournament unravelled in the most cringeworthy fashion.

Danny Lee had a third round to forget at the US Open following an embarrassing few moments

The New Zealander had made it through to the weekend’s action at Winged Foot and he arrived at the 18th hole on course for par after an opening-round 70 and five-over 75

 He stood over this four-foot putt for par but blew his effort past the cup, sparking wild scenes

Danny Lee: possible future arm-lock user #SorryRory pic.twitter.com/hgOhPjPEPj

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The world No 108 was three over for his third round when he made his way to the par-four last, leaving himself a four-footer for par.

However, the Kiwi failed to hole out on five separate occasions from four feet as determination to finish the job off increasingly turned into frustration and lacklustre putts.

He knocked his first putt from three feet so far past the hole that he faced a longer putt coming back for bogey.

His second effort failed to find the hole while his third putt, an angry and far-too-hard swish from just a few inches from the hole, then travelled nearly seven feet beyond the target. 

The world No 108 failed to hole-out on five separate occasions, six-putting from just four feet

He knocked his first putt way beyond the hole and soon started to jab putts without trying

By now Lee had lost the plot and his following attempt was a jab which he didn’t even try to line up properly. That putt eventually stopped four feet from the cup, while his fifth putt – and his eighth shot in total – went further past the target than any of his efforts beforehand.

He eventually holed-out from seven feet seven inches – the longest putt of them all – causing him to settle for a quintuple bogey nine on the 18th hole after a remarkable SIX-putt.

However, his frustration did not end there as after the six-putt from four feet saw him close out an eight-over 78, Lee was captured slamming his club down against his bag in frustration before he cited a wrist injury for his withdrawal from the tournament.

His third putt also went far beyond the target and it took him another three attempts

But the drama did not end there as he slammed his club against his bag after in frustration

Social media users however took delight in Lee’s misery, with one stating: ‘Nothing better than seeing professionals acting unprofessional. Thank you Danny Lee for this shining moment.’

Another user also mocked Lee, adding: ‘Aside from the professional golfer thing there are zero differences between myself and Danny Lee’, while another hinted at some sympathy by stating: ‘We’re all Danny Lee. Most of us just don’t have disposable putters or bags.’ 

Lee’s unforgettable finish saw him slip to 13 over for the week, while his withdrawal meant that only 61 players featured in Sunday’s final round as Bryson DeChambeau claimed his first major title.

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