Leeds United assistant Head Coach Pep Clotet has become the favourite to take over at Elland Road, according to Sky Bet.

Earlier this morning, The72 reported that the odds on Clotet being given the job were heavily reduced from 25/1 to 7/2.

Now, Clotet is clear favourite at 4/6, whilst Aitor Karanka, who was previously backed for the position, has drifted out to 3/1 from 1/4.

The 40-year-old joined the Whites shortly after Garry Monk’s appointment as Head Coach last summer, taking up the role as Monk’s right-hand man.

Clotet has enjoyed spells as a coach in both Sweden and Spain before he joined the backroom staff at Premier League outfit Swansea City.

Whilst Monk departed the club recently, it is understood that Clotet and coach James Beattie are still at the club and could be involved in some capacity in the future.

Karanka has been the constant favourite in the market until today, with Claudio Ranieri and Alan Pardew two names who were also linked with the position.

Despite being favourite, reports emerged today stating Karanka was not in the running to take over at the West Yorkshire club, alongside Michael Laudrup and Preston boss Simon Grayson.

On the pitch, Leeds United today completed a deal for Sporting Lisbon winger Hadi Sacko.

The 23-year-old joined the club on a temporary basis last summer, going onto make 42 appearances in all competitions for the West Yorkshire outfit.

In that time, Sacko scored two goals and contributed a further four assists, all coming in the Sky Bet Championship.

Primarily operating on the right wing, Sacko has previous experience playing on the left-hand side or as a striker.

Reports suggest that the Frenchman has a €60 million buy-out clause in his contract, but it is understood Leeds paid a fee of around £1.5 million to secure his services.

Leeds had a purchase option as part of the loan deal for Sacko, and have activated this early into the transfer window.


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