Leeds will have to hold off competition from four Spanish clubs in order to land Ibai Gomez in January.
The 29-year-old is out of contract at Alaves in the summer when he would be able to walk away from the club as a free agent.
There is a chance that the midfielder will end up penning fresh terms to commit his future to the club, but if he doesn’t, Alaves look set to cash in on him when the window opens in January.
Leeds have been regularly linked with Gomez, who played under their current boss Marcelo Bielsa during his time in charge at Athletic Bilbao.
However, according to AS, Leeds will not enjoy a clear run at signing Gomez as a quartet of Spanish clubs are currently keeping tabs on the situation.
It is understood former club Bilbao want him back while Real Sociedad, Eibar and Celta Vigo all retain an interest in landing him this January.
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The Whites have slowed down after a tremendous start to the season, with a mixture of poor form and injuries seeing them slip to third.
However, they remain just three points behind league-leaders Norwich and the January transfer window could prove crucial in determining who takes the two automatic promotion spots.