By Harvey Byrne
Leeds are not looking at moves for reported targets Ashley Fletcher, Alvaro Negredo, Aden Flint and Tommy Elphick, according to a reliable journalist.
Yorkshire Evening Post writer Lee Sobot has claimed on his personal Twitter account on Monday that the wages of striker duo Fletcher and Negredo are too much for the Championship club, while he simply said centre-back duo Elphick and Flint were not targets.
Identity of #lufc targets being kept very quiet. No chance of Fletcher or Negredo – wages too high. Flint, Elphick NOT targets we understand
— Lee Sobot (@LeeSobotYEP) July 24, 2017
The post follows claims from the Sun suggesting that Leeds had asked West Ham about Fletcher, while Spanish news outlet SuperDeporte claimed Elland Road could be a possible destination for Negredo as the club looks to help prolific forward Chris Wood upfront.
Meanwhile, Sobot’s Yorkshire Evening post colleague Phil Hay had already told that he didn’t believe the club were looking at Bristol City’s Flint, with the Birmingham Mail reporting at the weekend that Leeds were keen to sign Aston Villa’s Elphick as they seek to replace last year’s loanee Kyle Bartley.
However, it would seem that the players Leeds are in fact going for is being kept under wraps with developments expected later in the week.
Football Insider verdict:
Leeds have already added forward Caleb Ekuban and centre-back Matthew Pennington this summer. However, both are unproven in the Championship and if Leeds are serious about winning promotion this season they they may have to add someone who knows the league well. Bartley will be a really hard player to replace for the club in the back line if they aren’t able to re-sign him permanently, while it is unknown whether Wood will be able to continue his free-scoring form in the next campaign. Three of the four players in Sobot’s post could have certainly done a job at Leeds in England’s second tier and raised fans hopes with Fletcher the only one unproven one and in a year’s time the club may look back and regret signing many foreign imports, which could still go either way.
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