Blackpool, Huddersfield Town and Hull City linked with loan move for highly-rated Leeds United midfielder

Leeds United midfielder Robbie Gotts has become the second midfielder to be linked with a loan move to Blackpool in as many days.

Friday, 14th August 2020, 12:08 pm
Updated Friday, 14th August 2020, 12:14 pm

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The 20-year-old looks set to sign a new deal at Elland Road but, according to The Athletic, he will head out on loan next season in a bid to get regular first-team football.

However, Huddersfield Town and Hull City are also thought to be interested - with the Terriers holding a potential advantage as they’re now coached by Leeds’ former assistant and Under-23s coach Carlos Corberan.

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Gotts made two appearances for Leeds last season

Gotts made two appearances in all competitions under Marcelo Bielsa last season as Leeds secured promotion to the Premier League.

The academy graduate, who is also capable of playing at right-back, remains highly thought of by the Yorkshire outfit, but it’s believed a loan deal could be most beneficial for his development.

News of Blackpool’s interest in Gotts comes after they were also linked with a season-long loan move for Everton midfielder Beni Baningime.

The DR Congo youngster had been named in Everton’s extended squads prior to the conclusion of the Premier League season but is likely to head out on loan next term to gain regular game time.

While Baningime failed to feature for Everton’s first-team during the 2019/20 campaign, he did make three appearances for the Under-21 side in the EFL Trophy.

This included an appearance in the Toffees’ second round defeat to Fleetwood Town.

While the Seasiders have bolstered their central midfield options with the recent signing of former Sunderland man Ethan Robson, Neil Critchley’s men are still short on options.

Matty Virtue is the only other player likely to be considered a first-team regular, with the likes of Cameron Antwi and Ben Garrity untested in that position at League One level.

Despite featuring in eight of Everton’s final nine matchday squads after the lockdown, Baningime is unlikely to force his way into Carlo Ancelotti’s plans with the likes of Andre Gomes, Fabian Delph and Tom Davies all ahead of him in the pecking order.

Baningime, who reportedly came close to joining Danish side Brondby last summer, is contracted to Everton until the summer of 2022.