Manchester United wanted striker signed by Leeds after dazzling run - report
By Harry Sykes
Manchester United were in the running to sign new Leeds United signing Pawel Cibicki earlier this summer, according to a report.
The Yorkshire Evening Post claim the striker, 23, was on the radar of United and Dutch giants Ajax after a dazzling spell at former club Malmo.
Cibicki had scouts beating a door to the Swedish club to watch him in action following a run of four goals in seven matches during the summer, which is mid-season in Scandinavia.
The Yorkshire Evening Post report that neither United or Ajax tabled a formal bid for the versatile forward before Leeds made the late push to sign him.
Cibicki has revealed that Pontus Jansson told him in no uncertain terms to join United when he was in negotiations about a transfer from Malmo.
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Cibicki, who insists he is a striker by trade but can play in any of the four attacking positions, signed for the Championship high flyers on deadline day as the third of four forwards captured by the club this summer.
Cibicki explained that Jansson, who began his career at Swedish club Malmo, was key to talking him into a move to United that has been reported to have cost £1.5million.
“I spoke with Pontus about Leeds and he said ‘come, it’s very good and we’ll take care of you’,” Cibicki said to the Yorkshire Evening Post. “When it was (agreed) 100 per cent I said ‘okay, I’ll come no problem’.
“I spoke to him a lot. He said it’s a good team, a good city. Everything is good. He told me just to come so I thought ‘okay, I will.'”