By Joe Ellis

28th Jul, 2022 | 7:10pm

Leeds United should be patient to sign Philipp Max in late August

Leeds United are in the market for a left-back after Junior Firpo suffered another injury setback and Leif Davis was sold to Ipswich Town.

Manager Jesse Marsch is likely to play either Leo Hjelde, Jack Harrison or Pascal Struijk in that position if they can’t get a new addition through the Thorp Arch doors before they take on Wolves on the opening day of the Premier League.

One player Victor Orta has tried to prize away from his current club is PSV Eindhoven’s Philipp Max with a bid worth £6.7million having already been submitted by the Whites [Tutto Mercato Web].

But while there has not been a response from the Dutch side directly, De Telegraaf journalist Rik Elfrink has reported via Twitter that they do not intend to sell the German in the immediate future.

According to Voetbal International, the reason for PSV’s reluctance to sell right now is their own injury concerns with first choice Mauro Junior on the sidelines for a little while longer.

But as soon as Junior is back in action, the door could be reopened as Elfrink believes that a deal could be on the cards in late August which should be an indication to Orta that patience is required.

Leeds United fans and probably the staff too would prefer a left-back to be signed as soon as possible given the sudden lack of options but there should not be any panicking in bringing in any old player.

Max must have been identified as a player Marsch is very keen on and thinks he will suit his system so even if they need to wait until the final strands of the transfer window, they should.

The transfer policy has been very clear this summer with players identified and then signed with little fuss for the most part and that could continue with Max.

In other Leeds United news, the Whites are in an unfamiliar transfer triangle that could end up working wonders for them.