Leeds United‘s chances of signing Julian Quinones appear to have been shot down, according to emerging reports…
Colombian newspaper El Informador [July 30, page 13] claim that the 25-year-old striker is set to remain at Liga MX outfit Atlas for the remainder of the season, despite being offered to the Yorkshire giants.
The Daily Mail recently revealed Leeds’ attention soon turned to the Colombian forward after missing out on a move for Club Brugge star Charles De Ketelaere, who is on the verge of joining Serie A champions AC Milan.
With just a week to go until the start of the new Premier League campaign, this latest update will surely leave manager Jesse Marsch absolutely gutted, if not fuming.
His attempts to find a new frontman to provide competition and backup to Patrick Bamford, who missed a large part of last season through injury, have been thwarted once again, having already missed out on De Ketelaere.
A livewire presence up top, Quinones would have added a goalscoring presence in attack for the Whites. As per Transfermarkt, the former Tigres star delivered 14 goals and nine assists across 42 appearances as Atlas sealed the Liga MX title.
The 25-year-old talisman also notched double figures in terms of bookings, so evidently, he takes no prisoners and would have been a hassle for any Premier League defender.
Some reports have suggested that Marsch is a big fan of the ex-Colombia U21 international and would love to sign him at Elland Road this window, so that will only further add to his disappointment.
Once lauded as an “animal in all training sessions” by central defensive teammate Diego Reyes, it’s easy to see why the American would admire such a relentless workhorse as he’d fit his system to a tee.
But just like with De Ketelaere, it seems as if Leeds have very little chance of securing a transfer for Quinones anytime soon, much to the frustration of the manager.