Sky Sports journalist: Leeds in talks to sign 26-yr-old with eye-catching CV
Leeds United have opened talks with Championship rivals Middlesbrough as they aim to sign Adam Forshaw, according to a reliable journalist.
Sky Sports reporter Keith Downie claimed on his personal Twitter account on Thursday that Leeds are “confident” that they can sign the 26-year-old during the January transfer window, although there is interest from promotion-hopefuls Cardiff.
Football Insider had exclusively revealed on Wednesday that the Yorkshire giants were interested in Forshaw with Thomas Christiansen looking to bolster this central-midfield options after Eunan O’Kane’s suspension.
Leeds United are in talks to sign Middlesbrough midfielder Adam Forshaw. Cardiff are also keen but Leeds are confident.
— Keith Downie (@SkySports_Keith) January 17, 2018
Now it is understood that Leeds have really cracked on with their pursuit of the Middlesbrough outcast and the Yorkshire Evening Post claims that they are ready to match Boro’s £2.5million valuation of the midfielder.
Forshaw has not featured once since Tony Pulis took charge at the Riverside, and although he may not be rated by the ex-West Brom manager, Leeds certainly seem keen to take him off their hands.
Christiansen may have been drawn to Forshaw’s eye-catching CV, having achieved promotion in the past few seasons with both Brentford and Middlesbrough.
The ex-Everton midfielder helped Brentford to a runners-up spot in 2013/14 before moving to Teesside and earning promotion via second place in 2015/16.
Football Insider verdict
Leeds could do with kicking on this month but their priority should be a centre-forward. Signing Forshaw is great but United do not seem like a club who has a lot of funds to play around with this month unless players are shown the exit. £2.5million would be a lot to spend, especially after most of Leeds’ business in the summer was done on the cheap but Christiansen would not fund this month unless he was confident it can change the clubs’ fortunes. Forshaw is a promotion expert and could be a valuable asset. But Leeds should be prioritising elsewhere.
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