By Coral Barry

Steve Evans has admitted that he is struggling to convince top players to join Leeds.

The club with the biggest fanbase outside of the Premier League are not only struggling to attract top-flight players but also those from the Championship.

Leeds targeted a number of Premier League players in January, including Norwich’s Kyle Lafferty but failed to push through a move for the striker.

Speculation over the possibility of Lafferty’s arrival has dominated recent Leeds news, but Evans has revealed that the Whites are not an attractive prospect for Premier League talent.

“You always ask yourself, ‘if I’m going to get better than this then where are they?’, said Evans speaking to the Yorkshire Evening Post.

“If I’m being honest, they’re either playing the Premier League and won’t come out or they’re in the the top end of the Championship. That’s the reality of the situation.”

Leeds are targeting a loan deal for Norwich striker Kyle Lafferty

Target man: Leeds had been keen on a deal for Kyle Lafferty

Lafferty, 28, has made just one appearance in the league for the relegation-battling Canaries and has expressed a real concern about keeping his place in the Northern Ireland squad due to compete in the European Championships in the summer.

Despite the player’s eagerness for a move, Evans has hinted that finances were key to a side currently 13th in the Championship failing to push through a deal.

The former Rotherham manager said: “If a player jumps up that we think can do a good job then we’d try and see if we could make it happen but we still have a lot of work to do to put the right team in place. Days like (Saturday) tell you a big story.”

In other Leeds news, Evans has revealed that one Whites midfielder is struggling with his fitness.