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Leeds eye bargain 8th signing in Kai Wagner

Leeds United have opened talks to sign Kai Wagner from Philadelphia Union…

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That’s according to Forbes journalist Manuel Veth, who delivered an update on the Whites’ pursuit of the left-back to Twitter.

“Although there has been no official bid by #LUFC to #DOOP. There has been good communication between Leeds United and the Kai Wagner camp per source.

“Understanding is that there is still time this window and all sides want the best solution. To continue…”

It’s thought that the 25-year-old could cost just £2.5m and he would currently be their eighth signing of the summer.

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That would be something of a bargain for the Yorkshire giants and director of football Victor Orta as Wagner could well solve their long-standing issue out on the left flank.

Junior Firpo, manager Jesse Marsch’s first-choice, is currently absent through injury but even when he returns, he is not the most reliable of options. Having cost around £12.8m from LaLiga side Barcelona last summer, the 25-year-old has been described as a “liability” to the team.

“All he seems to do is get booked all the time,” Mirror journalist David Anderson told GIVEMESPORT. “I think he’s been a big let-down,” he added. “If anything, he’s been more of a liability for Leeds.”

For just over £10m less, Leeds could seal a far better alternative in Wagner, who has been one of the Major League Soccer’s standout stars in recent times.

A two-time member of the MLS All-Star squad, the German defender has proven to be an attacking threat for The U, having provided four goals and 17 assists across 117 appearances, as per Transfermarkt.

He’s just as effective defensively, too, so he wouldn’t appear to be as much of a liability as Firpo, having averaged 2.52 interceptions and only 1.22 fouls per 90, via FBref.

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“He’s a fighter. He’s not scared of the contact, which is something very important in this league, and I think that’s why right now he’s adapted very well,” claimed former teammate Aurelien Collin to The Athletic.

For a bargain price of just £2.5m, it would be foolish for Orta to not take the risk on Wagner as he could well be the solution to Leeds’ left-back woes.

Marsch will know him well and given how similar signings like Brenden Aaronson and Tyler Adams have already looked like they’re rather smart moves, then he should be trusted with his interest in the Philadelphia Union star.

AND in other news, Orta submits seven-figure Leeds bid for target dubbed “one of the best”, Marsch needs him

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