By Harry Sykes
Leeds fans have reacted with unbridled enthusiasm on Twitter to reports the club are in talks with Stuttgart to sign attacking midfielder Alexandru Maxim.
German publication Stuttgarter Nachrichten has claimed that the Yorkshire giants opened negotiations with the Bundesliga 2 side before Christmas about landing Maxim and that discussions have subsequently continued in the new year.
It is reported that manager Garry Monk is a long-term admirer of the 26-year-old and wanted to take him to former club Swansea.
The 27-times Romania international has considerable pedigree both at club and international level, and is a first-team regular at fallen German giants Stuttgart, who were recently demoted from the top tier.
Maxim has an eyecatching record both in the Bundesliga and Bundesliga 2 for Stuttgart, scoring 14 goals and supplying a highly impressive 33 assists from 122 matches for the club.
His record in the German top tier also stands out, with 91 games yielding 11 goals and 25 assists.
Maxim, who has played predominantly on the left wing this season, has made 18 appearances in all competitions for Stuttgart this campaign with a return of two goals and five assists.
Leeds fans are delighted at the club trying to prise a proven player, who is renowned as an assists machine in Germany, from such a big club.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
If we end up signing Bamford and Alexandru Maxim I can’t see us not going up #lufc
— Matty Harrison (@harrisonmatty1) January 3, 2017
Just watched 6mins of Alexandru Maxim….WOW if we sign this guy! #lufc
— LUFC NO1 (@RMcgoran) January 3, 2017
If we sign Maxim, we’ll have 3 very good players fighting for 1 position. For me Roofe is excellent cover for Hernandez #LUFC
— Max Grabble (@RussoLUFC) January 3, 2017
Imagine if these Maxim rumours are true #lufc
— georgelufc (@george_lufc) January 3, 2017
Hernandez & Maxim in attacking midfield ??. We’d light up this Championship even more! #LUFC
— Matty James (@MattyJamesLUFC) January 3, 2017
— Darmstadtium (@DazSmith94) January 1, 2017
Monk revealed on Monday that he is in the market for up to two new signings this month as he aims to strengthen a team that have performed above expectations to mount a strong promotion challenge.
Leeds defeated Rotherham 3-0 on Monday to secure a fourth win from five Championship matches and consolidate their place at fifth in the league, just seven points off the automatic promotion spots.
In other Leeds transfer news, the club are set to throw money at this brilliant 25-year-old in the winter window.