It was reported yesterday that Leeds United had missed out on transfer target Steven Zuber, after the Hoffenheim winger agreed a loan move to VfB Stuttgart instead.
Now, they have missed out on another winger. Leeds United have been widely linked with a move for Spanish winger Ibai Gomez up to the January transfer window, with his future at Spanish side Alaves up in the air.
However, It has been confirmed today (Thursday 10th) that Ibai Gomez has opted to remain in Spain, returning to former side Athletic Bilbao. The club announced the signing on their Twitter page.
The 28-year-old started his career at Basque side Santutxu, where he spent his youth career before spending one season with Sesta River club, scoring eight goals in 36 games. Before joining the senior team at Bilbao, Gomez played 19 games for their B-team, Bilbao Athletic, where the Spaniard scored 12 goals and picked up 2 assists.
Gomez went on to spend six years with new side Athletic Bilbao, playing 145 games, scoring 17 times and assisting 23 goals. He also played 26 times in both the Champions League and the Europa League, helping the Basque Country side get to the Europa League final in 2012, where they lost to fellow Spanish side Atletico Madrid 3-0.
Bielsa has made no secret of the fact that he is keen to bring in a new winger to fill the void left by Samuel Saiz. The Spaniard moved to Liga BBVA side Getafe at the start of the transfer window, meaning that Pablo Hernandez – who has been utilised at right wing throughout the first half of the season – has had to move into the centre attacking midfield role.