By Kevin Phillips

24th Dec, 2020 | 12:07pm

'Shows How Far Leeds Have Come' - Exclusive: Phillips 'Amazed' by £40m transfer report

Leeds United have no chance of signing Adama Traore from Wolves in the January transfer window, according to Kevin Phillips.

The former Sunderland and England striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, said he “would be amazed” if the Whites pulled off a deal for the highly sought after 24-year-old in 2021.

According to 90min, the £40million-rated Spain international is the subject of “fresh interest” from the newly-promoted side as he stalls on a new deal at Molineux.

The Athletic‘s David Ornstein revealed last month that the winger was growing frustrated with his situation in the Midlands and believed his irregular game time was a result of his contract stand-off.

Traore, who still has three years reaming on his current contract, has been in and out of Nuno Espirito Santo’s side this season and has started just seven Premier League games.

When asked by Football Insider if Leeds had a realistic chance of signing the unsettled attacker, Phillips said: “That isn’t ever going to happen and that is no disrespect to Leeds.

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“There will be far bigger clubs looking to sign him. I know Leeds are a big club but they have only just come back into the Premier League.

“If Adama Traore was available there would be a host of clubs interested in taking him.

“Look, it is nice that Leeds are linked with these kind of players because it shows you just how far they have come in the last two years. I would be amazed if that happened.” 

In other news, Leeds United tipped to sign replacement for Pablo Hernandez next month.