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Leeds United transfer rumours as BBC pundit highlights Whites-linked 'classy' striker as key for Brazil

Here are your Leeds United transfer rumours and gossip on Wednesday, November 23.

BBC pundit highlights Leeds United-linked 'classy' striker as key for Brazil at World Cup

BBC Sport commentator Guy Mowbray has picked out Leeds United summer transfer target and Brazilian international striker Pedro as one of the top ten new players to look out for at this year's World Cup.

The 25-year-old has made just two senior appearances for the Seleção, and has found the net once, but got into the squad after 39 goal involvements in 59 appearances for Flamengo last season - including 12 goals in 13 Copa Libertadores matches.

In the summer transfer window, journalist Fabrizio Romano told GiveMeSport that the Whites had been 'monitoring him for a long time' but that was close to the end of the window and a deal was never finished.

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Writing for BBC Sport, Mowbray highlighted that whilst he's not likely to start ahead of the abundance of talent Brazil have in their squad, Pedro is bound to make the difference off the bench.

"How do you celebrate selection for the greatest World Cup nation? In Pedro's case, by immediately proposing to your girlfriend! A classy touch from a classy player.

"Let's face it, to get picked in a squad as loaded with attacking talent as Brazil's you've got to have something special.

"He's been scoring goals with regularity ever since returning to Brazil after an unsuccessful short stint with Fiorentina in 2019-20 (shortly after knee surgery), with 12 in the Copa Libertadores en route to Flamengo winning the competition last month - including four in one game in the last-16 against Colombian side Deportes Tolima.

"He's not quick but is an excellent finisher. A starring substitute role awaits for when the Seleção need something different."

Leeds United decision approaches as Charlie Cresswell makes most of Millwall loan spell

Leeds United will have a decision to make in January when it comes Charlie Cresswell’s immediate future. The Whites are widely believed to have a recall option on the defender, who has spent the first half of the season with Championship outfit Millwall and they could bolster their defensive options by bringing him back to Elland Road to spend the rest of the campaign in the Premier League.

Cresswell seems to have made the most of his loan in south London, making 15 appearances in all competitions under Gary Rowett and establishing himself as one of the best young centre-backs the country has to offer. The 20-year-old has been a threat at the other end of the field, too, bagging four goals, including a brace on his debut and one in the club’s win over Preston North End last time out.

He has been in and out of Rowett’s starting XI and after being left out for a run of four straight games in October, it seemed likely that he would be recalled. However, the centre-back has returned to the fold now and he stands a good chance of keeping his spot when Millwall’s Championship campaign gets up and running once more on December 3.

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