By Danny Wright

2nd Aug, 2017 | 10:40am

Sporting director responds to reported effort to sign Leeds striker

By Danny Wright

Kalmar’s sporting director Andersson Borstam has refused to add to the speculation linking Marcus Antonsson with a move away from Leeds this summer.

Swedish news outlet has previously reported that Kalmar had been trying to re-sign the 26-year-old just a year after he moved to Elland Road and signed a three-year deal.

Antonsson has confirmed that there have been clubs looking to sign him up this summer, but has added that he is determined to work things out at Leeds.

The Swedish striker featured just 21 times across all competitions for the Whites, scoring three goals while he started just six fixtures in the Championship.

Borstam has now been asked about the reported effort to re-sign Antonsson, but he offered no clue as to whether the Whites will be losing one of their forwards in the near future.

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“I have to be boring. He has been Kalmar but is at Leeds now and therefore I do not want to comment on that,” said Borstam to Barometern.

Antonsson is widely regarded as Leeds’ third choice striker behind Kiwi goal machine Chris Wood and Souleymane Doukara.

Turkish news outlet Fotomac has recently reported that Besiktas are in talks with the Whites over a potential deal for £20million-rated Wood, who scored 30 goals across all competitions last season.

Even if the New Zealand international was to leave Elland Road, Antonsson would still probably not be finding his way into Thomas Christiansen’s first-team plans any time soon as the Whites are heavily linked to former Manchester City striker Alvaro Negredo.

Football Insider Verdict

Leeds should probably look to sell Antonsson this summer, even if they can’t find a replacement. It’s unlikely that anyone at Elland Road will want to see Wood leave but Christiansen could definitely operate with just two strikers in his side to save a bit of cash. There are some promising young players in the Whites youth set-up who could also step up to the mark if needed, especially some of the new lads who have joined from overseas like Ousama Siddiki, who has recently been on the books at Real Madrid. Antonsson just isn’t cut out for the Championship and a move back to his home nation looks to be what he needs.

In other Leeds news, the Whites are poised to seal the signing of another young striker despite him being pictured at Manchester City’s training ground in recent days.

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