Senior Championship man confirms heavy Leeds interest in recruiting him
Reading manager Jaap Stam has confirmed that Leeds United were heavily interested in securing his signing when looking for a replacement for Garry Monk over the summer.
The Whites were faced with replacing the former Swansea boss after a shock turn of events, in which he resigned from his position despite new owner Andrea Radrizzani looking to offer him a new contract at the end of his rolling deal.
Now Stam has revealed that the Elland Road outfit were certainly keen on taking him to Yorkshire, having helped guide Reading to within touching distance of the Premier League, losing to Huddersfield on penalties in the play off final.
However the former Manchester United star stated he felt he had unfinished business with the Royals, and chose to remain rather than leave for Leeds.
Speaking at his press conference, he was quoted by inyourarea.co.uk as saying: “Last season I know they (Leeds) were very interested in getting me in but I made a decision to stay here.
“I still felt there were a lot of nice things to do here with the new owners coming in so that’s why I decided to stay.
“I know from last season their manager went out and a new one was brought in and I was on that list as well but that’s how it goes.”
Stam has endured a much more difficult campaign with Reading this season, and are a world away from their play off final last season as they sit 18th in the Championship, just six points off the relegation zone.
Meanwhile Leeds have replaced Christiansen with former Barnsley boss Paul Heckingbottom after their roller coaster of a campaign, the Danish boss ending his time with a 4-1 thrashing at the hands of Cardiff City to extend their winless run which stretches back to Boxing Day.
In other Leeds United news, the club are hunting a transfer swoop which will mirror a capture from 2017.