By Coral Barry
Marvin Bakalorz has snubbed Leeds in favour of moving to German club Hannover, according to a report.
The midfielder captained Bundesliga 2 club Paderborn this season, but could not stop them from being relegated and has now opted stay in the second tier with newly relegated Hannover.
According to Bild, Leeds were willing to meet the 26-year-old’s release clause of £780,000 and were believed to be the frontrunners as the only suitors willing to pay the asking price.
However, Hannover has now announced the deal for the playmaker who joins after two years with Paderborn.
The midfielder becomes the third high profile football figure to reject a move to Elland Road in the last week, following managers Karl Robinson and Darrell Clarke.
Bakalorz was once on the books at Borussia Dortmund, but failed to break into the first-team and eventually left the club for Eintracht Frankfurt, before finally finding a regular starting spot with Paderborn.
Leeds are looking to bolster their ranks for a potential promotion push next season, but have so far yet to sign a single player and are currently locked in a managerial limbo.
Steve Evans remains in charge at Elland Road, but owner Massimo Cellino has been actively pursuing his replacement and has offered the position to MK Dons boss Robinson and Bristol Rovers manager Clarke.
Both men declined the chance to become Leeds head coach and Evans is now the new favourite to take the job he currently occupies.