This time last week it had seemed a forgone conclusion that Leeds United were going to appoint Argentinian manager Marcelo Bielsa as the new manager at Elland Road.

However, things appear to have taken a wrong turn for the Yorkshire club, with reports suggesting that they have hit a stumbling block in negotiations with the former Athletic Bilbao boss.

Earlier today, reports suggested that Portuguese side Sporting Lisbon were interested in bringing in Bielsa as their new manager, and it is imaginable that he would favour a move there, as it would mean he would get the chance to compete among Europe’s elite again.

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However, Leeds United have turned their attentions elsewhere, with the Telegraph reporting that they have made an approach for Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce, enquiring about his availability this summer.

Aston Villa were beaten in the Sky Bet Championship Play-Off Final by Fulham, leaving them in an extremely vulnerable financial position.

Leeds are attempting to take advantage of this by luring Bruce away from the Midlands club, who are reportedly on the brink of administration.

Steve Bruce is an experienced manager, who knows what it takes to earn promotion out of the second tier of English Football, and former Leeds boss Steve Evans, who is currently in charge of Sky Bet League One side Peterborough United, has said that he would be his first choice to take over at Elland Road.

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One factor that could deter Leeds United fans away from Steve Bruce is his history with the Whites rivals Manchester United. Bruce spent nine years at the Red Devils, making over 300 appearances for the club, and even captaining them for several seasons.

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