By Will Butcher
Leeds are looking to complete a double loan swoop for attacking stars Sergi Canos and Ashley Fletcher, according to a reliable journalist.
Sun correspondent Alan Nixon revealed on his personal Twitter account that Leeds remain interested in signing Norwich’s Canos and West Ham’s Fletcher this month, but will have to settle for loan deals.
The Yorkshire giants have been reportedly interested in the attacking duo throughout January, with manager Garry Monk looking to bolster his options in the final third.
However, with the window now entering its final week, Nixon has now revealed that loan deals are more likely to occur if either Fletcher or Canos are to put pen to paper at Elland Road.
Spaniard Canos was shortlisted by Monk according to the Yorkshire Evening Post earlier this month, but were unlikely to meet the £2.5million asking price for the former Liverpool winger.
Known for his ability to orchestrate his side’s attacks from out wide, Canos could leave after making just six appearances since his £2.5million move to east Anglia in the summer.
Similarly, Fletcher has found it difficult to break into the Hammers first-team set-up at the London Stadium, with Andy Carroll’s form forcing him to watch from the sidelines.
Now, loan moves could be struck for both stars as Monk looks to strengthen his attacking options to boost Leeds’ promotion chances.
Football Insider verdict:
Loans for both young stars could prove a lot more beneficial than signing the duo on a permanent basis. Both largely untested in the second tier of English football, it remains to be seen if either Fletcher or Canos would prove a success in Yorkshire as Monk looks to take Leeds back to the top in his first season in charge. Leeds are lacking in width, and Canos would give Monk more options out wide if he is signed. However, bringing in Fletcher could spell the one of Leeds’ summer signings. Striker Marcus Antonsson has scored just three goals since his move from Sweden, and Fletcher’s arrival could see him look to move as he would continue to plummet down the pecking order.
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