LEEDS UNITED are in the hunt to land one of Marcelo Bielsa’s former players on a free transfer.
The Whites are firmly on course to achieve promotion back to the Premier League and currently sit second in the Championship.
Bielsa is already planning which players could be playing at Elland Road after the summer window.
Athletic Bilbao stalwart Ander Iturraspe is out of contract in the summer and looks likely to leave the Spanish outfit after 20 years with the club.
The 30-year-old has fallen out of favour at the San Mames Stadium – but Bielsa may be about to offer his former star an escape route.
According to AS, Iturraspe is looking for a move abroad to restart his career and the Spanish outlet claim Leeds is the most likely destination.
Bielsa managed the defender during his time at Bilbao, playing him regularly in La Liga.
Iturraspe has only featured four times this season due to injury issues.
Bielsa signed Kiko Casilla from Spain back in January and has admitted he is impressed by his recent addition.
“Yes, he give an energy to the team,” he said recently.
“He solves the situations he has to face without any complication.
“And he doesn’t make any mistakes when he has to respond to the situation he is facing.”
Speaking after Saturday’s 1-0 win over Bristol City, Bielsa said: “In the first hour of the game, we could have had a different result and score.
“But in the last 15 minutes of the game, the opponent could have drawn the game.
“We played a different game, regarding the style we want to use, in the last 20 minutes of the game we didn’t have the ball and the opponent played in our box with aerial balls.
“In the box, the possibility of making a mistake is higher, in other words, the consequences of any mistakes are different.
“The team showed a lot of experience to play the last 20 minutes of the game, but we would have wished to create more danger in the last 20 minutes.
“We couldn’t launch counter attacks and the feeling that it was a 50-50 game increased.”