Agent: Transfer on the cards after Leeds reportedly in talks to sign attacker
By Harry Sykes
The agent of Bundesliga attacking midfielder Alexandru Maxim has admitted the player could quit his club Stutggart.
Maxim’s representative Herbert Briem revealed the Leeds-linked 26-year-old is frustrated at the Bundesliga 2 side after being demoted from the starting XI.
Romania international Maxim began the season in the Stuttgart side but has made only one start since October and is now open to offers of a move.
German publication Stuttgarter Nachrichten has claimed that the Yorkshire giants tried to take advantage of his situation by opening negotiations with Stuttgart before Christmas about landing Maxim and that discussions subsequently continued in the new year.
It was reported that Leeds manager Garry Monk is a long-term admirer of the 26-year-old and wanted to take him to former club Swansea.
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“I advise Alex to play football where you have the highest requirements and where they believe in him,” Briem told German newspaper Bild. “There are prerequisites at Stuttgart.
“The faith [at Stuttgart] is currently not 100 percent there. But there have been many situations that have changed completely in a very short time.
“Alex has the quality to be a top player. Currently there is no transfer available. That would only be an option if the offer comes from a top league.”
The 27-times Romania international 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.
Monk reiterated at the weekend that he is in the market for attacking reinforcements this month as he aims to continue Leeds’ promotion push.
The Championship giants are fourth in the division heading into Wednesday’s clash against Nottingham Forest at Elland Road.
Victory against the 19th placed East Midlands outfit would lift Monk’s side back to third in the table and to within seven points of leaders Newcastle.
In other Leeds transfer news, the club are set to throw money at this brilliant 25-year-old in the winter window.