Leeds United have set their sights on a beat-the deadline move for Derby County midfielder Louie Sibley, Football Insider can exclusively reveal.
The Yorkshire giants are in the market for another signing another of Friday’s 5pm cut-off for domestic-only deals.
A Leeds source has told Football Insider that Sibley, 19, is firmly on the radar of Victor Orta and his recruitment team.
The Yorkshire giants are said to be very interested in Sibley but have yet to submit a formal bid.
Leeds have targeted a number eight this summer who can operate in a box-to-box role but a £20million agreed deal for Michael Cuisance collapsed at the eleventh hour after medical issues.
The versatile midfielder can operate in a central midfield role or in a more advanced attacking midfield position.
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.
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.
Leeds have spent £100million on new players this summer, led by the headline arrivals of Rodrigo Moreno, Diego Llorente, Raphinha and Robin Koch.
United have also converted the 2019-20 loans of Helder Costa and Illan Meslier into permanent deals.
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