By Wayne Veysey

Leeds United knocked back multiple loan bids for Ryan Edmondson this summer, Football Insider understands.

The teenage striker, 18, was the subject of strong interest from Football League clubs, including those in League One and League Two up until Monday’s transfer deadline.

A Leeds source has told Football Insider that Marcelo Bielsa had been willing for Edmondson to be loaned out at one point earlier in the window.

But the club were left with just two senior centre-forwards when the Championship window shut, Patrick Bamford and on-loan Eddie Nketiah.

Bielsa regards new England Under-19 cap Edmondson as an alternative to the first-choice pair even though he has made only two appearances for the Leeds first team.

Edmondson has failed to make the Leeds matchday squad this season and has instead been playing for the Under-23s.

The York-born teenager’s two appearances were as a substitute in September of last year and one in the final match of the 2017-18 season when Paul Heckingbottom was manager.

He spent the majority of last season in the Under-23s and his prolific scoring and forward play was key to them lifting the Professional Development League title.

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