Leeds United remain interested in a deal to bring Kai Wagner to Elland Road this summer.
That’s according to Manuel Veth, with the American journalist revealing in a recent post on Twitter that, following a number of reports linking Jesse Marsch with a $3m (£2.5m) move for the Philadelphia Union left-back this summer, the Whites remain in ongoing talks with the MLS side regarding a deal for the 25-year-old.
In his tweet, Veth said: “Update Kai Wagner: Leeds United still in the race. Talks ongoing with LUFC but it is a slow process at the moment. Wagner also has other options with one club in France now also interested.”
Considering just how short Leeds currently are at left-back – with Marsch being left with no other choice than to field centre-back Pascal Struijk on the left of his backline this season as a result of injuries to Junior Firpo and Stuart Dallas – it is clear to see that the signing of a new player in the position prior to next week’s transfer deadline would be a move the manager would love.
And, when taking into account just how talented a full-back Wagner very much looks to be, the 25-year-old would appear to make an excellent addition to Marsch’s current options at the back.
Indeed, over his 27 MLS fixtures in the current campaign, the £3.6m-rated talent has been in astonishing form, helping his side keep 11 clean sheets, in addition to making an average of 1.9 interceptions, 1.3 tackles, 1.9 clearances and winning 3.5 duels – at a success rate of 55% – per game.
The German has also impressed in an attacking capacity, providing five assists and creating seven big chances for his teammates, as well as making an average of 2.6 key passes – the joint ninth-most in the league – 4.1 long balls and 2.9 crosses per fixture.
As such, with a matter of days remaining in the summer transfer window and Marsch still having no available out-and-out left-back at his disposal, coupled with just how talented Wagner evidently is, it is clear to see that the 25-year-old would very much be a signing the 48-year-old manager would love to get over the line this week.