Tottenham and Leeds United may facilitate double summer transfer window reunion amid Gray links

Archie Gray of Leeds United applauds the fans at full time during the Sky Bet Championship Play-Off Semi-Final 2nd Leg match between Leeds United and Norwich City at Elland Road on May 16, 2024 in Leeds, England.
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Leeds United could be setting up a number of reunions through deals with Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur this summer as both sides eye up potential targets from one another.

It's already been a busy month for Daniel Farke's side who have seen a number of departures over the last few weeks, with their first fee-based exit coming in the form of midfielder Marc Roca's permanent move to Real Betis. Elsewhere, long-time full-back Luke Ayling loan spell at Middlesborough was made into a permanent deal while Jack Harrison extended his loan deal with Everton and Sonny Perkins was sent on loan to Leyton Orient.

Lewis Bate made a move to Stockport County and Ian Poveda has entered free agency but there are still many more moves on the cards. Centre-back Charlie Cresswell is said to be on his way out to Ligue 1 club Toulouse after falling down the pecking order under Farke, having made just five appearances last season despite an impressive loan spell at Millwall the season prior, while Illan Meslier has attracted attention from Marseille.

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It's also claimed that there could be exits for both Crysencio Summerville and Wilfried Gnonto with a number of Premier League clubs sniffing around the pair who were both pivotal to Leeds' promotion chase in the 2023/24 campaign. However, that failed hunt to return to the Premier League has meant that the Whites have a reported £190million in outstanding transfer fees owed alongside one of the Championship's highest wage bills but must bolster their squad in order to go again.

One name that they're looking at is Spurs midfielder Oliver Skipp according to our sister title, who has himself fallen down the pecking order under Ange Postecoglou following the Australian's arrival in north London last summer. The English youth international made just five starts in the Premier League last season in 21 appearances after Postecoglou preferred a partnership of Yves Bissouma and Pape Matar Sarr in the central midfield.

Farke is said to be keen on the idea of reuniting with Skipp, who played under the German for Norwich in the 2020/21 season and was a staple in their Championship-winning campaign that year. However, it's unclear whether Skipp would be open to such a move, whether a permanent one or on loan, given that a number of Premier League clubs would be expected to come in for the star if Spurs were willing to part ways with him - even with three years still on his current contract.

That on top of the fact that Skipp's home-grown status being key for Spurs to stay within the Europa League regulations for the upcoming season would make his price tag hard to justify given Leeds' financial fears at the current time. Another star that may be easier to reunite with would be Joe Rodon, who is said to be on Leeds' shortlist this summer.

Having gone back to Spurs at the end of his loan spell, in which he made 50 appearances for the Whites under Farke, Rodon could well be out of the picture in north London given their recent additions to centre-back in Micky Van de Ven and Radu Dragusin. With just 12 months left on his contract, the star's permanent return to Elland Road isn't off the cards by any stretch having played a key role in helping Leeds in their promotion chase.

However, Tottenham will want something going the other way - and that something is Archie Gray. It's been heavily reported that Spurs hold an interest in the 18-year-old, but now Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United are all eyeing up the starlet, it could mean Postecoglou's side pull the trigger first to try and get ahead of the crowd.

Gray was arguably Leeds' standout star last year, winning the club's Young Player of the Season on top of the EFL's Championship Young Player of the Season and Championship Apprentice of the Season awards and proving that Leeds' value of between £30m and £50m for the star is well justified.

Whether Gray is up for leaving his boyhood club with deep familial roots after just one full season in the first team is unclear but will no doubt be tempted when the biggest clubs in the country come knocking on the door. His exit also may be able to facilitate the two other deals, with some much-needed funds going straight into Farke's war chest for this upcoming season.