Leeds chief Orta definitely trying to sign flying winger by Thursday - reliable journalist
By Harry Sykes
Leeds United are “definitely” interested in signing Malmo attacker Pawel Cibicki but the deal is far from done, according to a reliable journalist.
Swedish news outlet Fotbollskanalen claim Cibicki, 23, has agreed the terms of a four-year contract with the Yorkshire giants and is set to complete a £1.6million move ahead of Thursday’s deadline.
But Yorkshire Evening Post correspondent Lee Sobot claimed that Leeds’ pursuit is not as advanced as reports suggest.
The transfer expert explained in an update on his personal Twitter account on Monday morning that Elland Road director of football Victor Orta has “definitely had a look” at Cibicki but “sounds like that’s about it at this stage”.
Victor Orta has definitely had a look at Malmo winger/striker Pawel Cibicki but sounds like that’s about it at this stage. #lufc
— Lee Sobot (@LeeSobotYEP) August 28, 2017
Reports in Sweden in the last 24 hours have suggested Leeds are wrapping up a deal for the former Sweden Under-21 international, who is renowned for his mobility and can play on either the wings or as an orthodox front man.
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Orta has been charged with transforming the Leeds playing squad this season after being appointed immediately after Radrizzani’s takeover.
Football Insider Verdict
Leeds fans are underwhelmed at the prospect of signing yet another forward unproven in the Championship. The two striker arrivals this summer, Caleb Ekuban and Jay-Roy Grot, are both raw and promising but have no track records to fall back on. Leeds need a proven goalscorer to replace the goals of Chris Wood, who topped the Championship charts last season. With £15million to play with from the Wood sale, supporters can be forgiven for thinking Cibicki is just another bargain buy from Radrizzani and Orta.
In other Leeds United transfer news, an £8million bid has been rejected for a Championship goal machine wanted by the club.