Leeds United have been thwarted in their bid to sign Liverpool attacking midfielder Curtis Jones in recent days, Football Insider can reveal.
The Championship big hitters were keen on landing the 18-year-old on loan before his wonder FA Cup goal on Sunday forced a transfer U-turn from Jurgen Klopp.
A Leeds source has told Football Insider the club registered their interest in signing Jones this month but have now learned he will not be going anywhere.
Marcelo Bielsa’s promotion challengers had seen the versatile teenager as providing the kind of star quality they need to get their bid for a Premier League return over the finish line.
Leeds’ approach came after they also tried to land another Liverpool teenager Rhian Brewster, who is headed for a loan move to Swansea City.
But Jones’ progress into the Liverpool first team in recent weeks has shut the door on any attempts to sign him for the second half of the campaign.
Klopp has made it clear to Jones and interested clubs that he will now be staying for the rest of the season as he could have a big role to play.
The Liverpool manager had been leaning that way in the week or two leading up to Jones’ stunning display in Sunday’s FA Cup third-round 1-0 win over Everton.
The teenager was the star of a superb performance from a fledgling Liverpool team and scored a magnificent goal that will go down in the annals of the competition.
It is a further blow to Leeds as they look to strengthen their attacking options following the mid-season returns to their parent clubs of Eddie Nketiah and Jack Clarke.
United only have one senior centre-forward in Patrick Bamford following Nketiah’s recall by Arsenal.
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