By Alex Stevens
Marcus Antonsson could leave Leeds before the January window shuts, according to a reliable journalist.
Sun correspondent Alan Nixon took to Twitter on Sunday night to reveal that the misfiring Swedish striker “could be off” if the club are able to sign Ashley Fletcher from West Ham on Tuesday night.
Leeds have been strongly linked with Fletcher, 21, throughout January and reports emerged on Sunday night that they expect to push through a loan deal within 48 hours.
As part of the Premier League and Championship striker domino effect that further extends the Yorkshire club’s transfer chain, the reliable Nixon reported on his personal Twitter account that Antonsson “could be off if Fletcher sorted in time”.
Antonsson has struggled to make an impact at Elland Road since signing in a £3million deal from Kalmar FF last summer.
He has scored just three goals in 21 appearances and his last goal was in October, when he scored in the League Cup win over Norwich.
The 25-year-old played the full 90 minutes on Sunday as Leeds suffered the humiliation of an FA Cup fourth round exit at the hands of non-league Sutton United in one of the biggest upsets in this season’s competition.
Supporters were subsequently unanimous in their criticism of Antonsson, with most claiming he is not good enough to be at Leeds and should be sold at the end of the season.
It appears there is now a chance that he could leave even sooner, even though the forward is one of only three senior strikers currently available to manager Garry Monk.
Leading scorer Chris Wood, who has scored 20 times in all competitions this season, was rested on Sunday as Monk left some of his big guns at home.
The other senior front man is Souleymane Doukara, who is Leeds’ second top scorer this season with five goals, including his wonder strike against Nottingham Forest last Wednesday.
Monk’s side are next in action on Wednesday night when they continue their push for promotion to the Premier League when they travel to Blackburn for a Championship clash at Ewood Park.
In other Leeds news, Monk has clinched his second January transfer.