By Joe Ellis

12th Jan, 2023 | 11:10pm

Leeds United must avoid raid for Alex Scott as £25m price tag emerges

Leeds United have made a fast start to the January transfer window but Victor Orta has to be ready to slam on the brakes at some point.

Max Wober is already signed and has made his debut for the club against Cardiff in the FA Cup and a striker is not too far away either with Georginio Rutter potentially being signed on Wednesday (11 January) [Daily Mail].

Another player they had been credited with an active interest in, according to CBS Sports journalist Ben Jacobs, was Bristol City midfielder Alex Scott.

Jacobs reported on 5 January via his personal Twitter account that the Robins would want a transfer fee of £12million but the latest from The Telegraph’s John Percy suggests otherwise.

He reported on 10 January that Wolves had entered talks with Bristol City but they were now asking for £25million to let the 19-year-old leave Ashton Gate this month.

£12million was already bordering on ridiculous given he has never played a minute of Premier League football so £25million is downright mental.

Victor Orta has to get Leeds far away from that transfer scrap right now and save his valuable pennies for a player who will come in and make an immediate difference to Jesse Marsch’s side.

Scott could well be worth £25million one day and he is definitely a talent for the future but there is no way in the world he is worth spending that much on in January.

Clubs backtracking will be music to the ears of the Robins, who obviously want to keep their star midfielder, and Leeds have to be the first to drop out.

In a transfer window where money could be tight, the last thing Leeds need is for so much to be spent on a bench player.

In other Leeds United news, the details of this loan move have now been revealed by a Yorkshire Evening Post journalist with one Whites youngster heading to League Two.