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3rd Jan, 2017 | 3:07pm

Report: Leeds begin talks with international attacker, Monk is a long-term admirer

By Harvey Byrne

Leeds have entered talks with Stuttgart for attacking midfielder Alexandru Maxim, according to a report.

German publication Stuttgarter Nachrichten has claimed that the Yorkshire giants entered their first discussions with the German second division side before Christmas with talks continuing.

It is claimed that manager Garry Monk has been a long-term admirer of the 26-year-old and wanted to take him to former club Swansea.

However, Premier League side Hull are also reported to be interested in the 27-time capped Romania international and could rival the Yorkshire giants for his signature.

Maxim has played 18 times in all competitions for Stuttgart this campaign with a return of two goals and five assists.

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He has mainly played on the left-wing this season, but he has also covered in the attacking midfield centre.

Monk may be looking to add a player who can play on the left in January with forward Souleymane Doukara currently occupying the position.

The Frenchman’s endeavour and hard work cannot be questioned, but there is still doubts whether he is good enough to perform consistently for a team with Premier League aspirations.

However, there is not any mention of a fee for Maxim in the report and with two years left on his contract in Germany, owner Massimo Cellino may have to delve into his pockets.

Football Insider verdict:

Maxim could prove to be a quality addition for Leeds as they currently sit in fifth place in the Championship table. The second half of the campaign will prove a gruelling task for the Yorkshire giants and there is no doubt that Monk’s side needs more depth if they are to replicate their stunning first half form. They have set themselves up in a fantastic position now and Cellino must go out and secure Monk’s targets if he is to finally bring Premier League football back to Elland Road. Maxim has all the credentials to be an upgrade on Doukara and could even help the club progress into the automatic promotion spots.

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