By Harry Sykes
Garry Monk made a last-gasp bid to beat Leeds United to the signing of Mateusz Klich, according to a report.
The Yorkshire Evening Post claim that Middlesbrough manager Monk, who was in charge at Elland Road last season, “tried to snatch Klich at the death” as Leeds were finalising his move at the end of June.
The central midfielder has joined the Yorkshire club for a fee reportedly of £1.5million and he will bring more creativity to an area of the pitch where it was lacking last season.
The midfielder made 29 appearances for FC Twente in the Dutch top division last season, scoring an impressive six goals and supplying four assists to help the team to finish seventh.
The report of Monk’s last-ditch move for Klich comes after Sky Sports reported on their website that Leeds had been tracking the Poland international, 27, since Monk identified him as a target last summer shortly before his move from German second-tier side Kaiserlautern to Twente.
Monk was appointed by Middlesbrough in June after handing in his resignation at Elland Road and was replaced at the helm by Thomas Christiansen.
Klich, who has accumulated 10 Poland caps, has joined the likes of Liam Bridcutt, Ronaldo Vieira, Eunan O’Kane and Kalvin Phillips in the battle for central midfield places in the upcoming season.
Injury limited his involvement in pre-season but he was fit enough to start last Saturday’s 2-0 friendly win over Oxford.
In other Leeds United transfer news, Football Insider has exclusively revealed that a deal agreed by the club includes penalty clauses.