By Alex Stevens
Leeds have been rebuffed in their attempts to sign Premier League duo Peter Crouch and Jack Grealish in the January window, Football Insider sources understand.
The Championship club have made loan enquiries for out-of-favour Stoke striker Crouch and Villa midfielder Grealish, who has been frozen out at the club in recent months.
But Leeds have been told by Stoke and Villa that neither player is available to go out on loan in January.
Manager Steve Evans has made a new striker and a midfielder a priority as he attempts to steer the Championship club into a play-off place.
Crouch, 34, has slipped down the pecking order at Stoke and has not started a Premier League match this season but he still has 18 months remaining on his contract.
Grealish has been exiled by Villa following a series of disciplinary issues but he is still part of the thinking of manager Remi Garde.
A loan deal for long-time target Kyle Lafferty is more realistic and Evans hopes to take advantage of the northern Ireland international’s lack of game time at Norwich.