Breaking: Leeds ready swoop to sign midfielder by 5pm Friday, £10m will seal deal
Derby County want £10million for Leeds United target Louie Sibley ahead of Friday’s domestic deadline, Football Insider can reveal.
This site broke the news yesterday morning of the Premier League club’s interest in the midfielder ahead of the cut-off.
That was subsequently confirmed by United recruitment chief Victor Orta in an interview with the Yorkshire Evening Post.
A Derby source has told Football Insider that Sibley, 19, is rated at a minimum of £10m by the club hierarchy.
It remains to be seen if the Championship club would be willing to accept a transfer fee in instalments, or a structured deal made up of an initial payment topped up by performance related add-ons.
Leeds have spent £100million on new players this summer, led by the headline arrivals of Rodrigo Moreno, Diego Llorente, Raphinha and Robin Koch.
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But the transfer cost of all of the major signings has been spread across multiple years rather than in one payment up front.
Now, Leeds could seal one more big-money deal ahead of Friday’s 5pm cut-off for domestic-only deals.
The Yorkshire giants are pursuing versatile midfielder Sibley but have yet to submit a formal bid.
Capped by England at Under-19 level, he is a key player in Phillip Cocu’s side and has started two of their four Championship matches this season.
Despite his tender age, he has already played 22 times for Derby after graduating from their youth ranks and can operate in a central midfield role or in a more advanced attacking midfield position.
Those matches have yielded an impressive five goals and three assists.
That included a hat-trick against Millwall last season as he made a huge and immediate impact at senior level in the Championship.
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