Reliable journalist shares information after Leeds reportedly move for international attacker
By Harvey Byrne
Leeds have not made any fresh attempt to bring in Stuttgart attacking midfielder Alexandru Maxim, according to a reliable journalist.
German publication Stuttgarter Nachrichten claimed on Tuesday that the Yorkshire giants had begun talks before Christmas for the 26-year-old.
However, Yorkshire Evening Post chief football writer Phil Hay has shared on his personal Twitter account that Garry Monk had a look in the summer, but nothing since.
Did a bit of digging on Alexendru Maxim at Stuttgart. Sounds like Monk had a look at him in the summer but not since then. #lufc
— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) January 4, 2017
Monk’s side are currently performing well in the Championship and occupy fifth place in the league table.
It was thought that the former Swansea boss had identified Maxim as a player he could help improve the life side of his attack, which is currently being occupied by Souleymane Doukara.
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However, if Hay is right then that is not the case and it could be that the price of the player is what put Monk off in the summer.
The 27-time capped Romania international still has a couple of years left on his contract, while he has also starred in 18 appearances for Stuttgart this season.
But, the Yorkshire giants have also seen Italian sports media mogul Andrea Radrizzani takeover 50 per cent of the club on Wednesday, meaning the club may have a fair amount to spend this window.
Football Insider verdict:
Maxim could have proved a good signing for Leeds, but whatever put Monk off purchasing him in the summer is probably a perfectly acceptable reason. The takeover from Radrizzani has also come at the perfect time for the club as they sit in the perfect position to try and win promotion back to the top flight in the second half of the campaign. Monk can now go out and secure his targets and while he had previously scoured the European markets for cheaper alternatives, he can now go out and splash on players proven in the English pyramid.
In other Leeds transfer news, Hay also revealed the club would snap at the chance to sign this Premier League striker.