By Daniel Feliciano

13th Jan, 2022 | 10:10pm

MOT View: Leeds dealt blow as Lens manager addressed Seko Fofana transfer interest

Leeds have been dealt a blow in their chase for Seko Fofana as club manager Franck Haise revealed he ‘is not disturbed’ by rumours of a transfer.

The Whites were linked with a January transfer for the central midfielder [Foot Mercato] and reports on Thursday [Jan 13] suggested that the Ligue 1 outfit had rejected a £14m bid from Premier League rivals Burnley [Ryan Taylor].

But during a press conference [via RMC Sport], Lens manager Haise commented on the rumours of a deal and stated that he ‘is not disturbed’ by the talk surrounding his player.

“It doesn’t bother me at all because it’s one of the things that happens every winter,” he said. “I don’t have the impression that there is any questioning in the group.

“For Seko, I do not feel that it questions him much. He knows what it is, we know it all. There isn’t much at the moment. “

Seko has been a terrific player this season in Ligue 1, with seven goals in 22 games so far during the campaign.

His box-to-box style has been identified as the perfect remedy for Marcelo Bielsa’s side, who currently sit eight points above the relegation zone having won just four of their 19 Premier League games this season.

Seko has worn the captain’s armband for much of the season and would be able to bring some leadership to the midfield area, especially since Kalvin Phillips is likely to be out injured until March.

His ability to drive forward with the ball and energy to help on both sides of the pitch is always a positive too, and with only Raphinha scoring more than two goals in the league this season Fofana’s added threat will be a huge positive.

News that the manager isn’t worried by a potential transfer suggests that he doesn’t expect Fofana to be fazed by talk of a move, which means it could be hard to prise him away in mid-season.

While he is currently away with Ivory Coast for AFCON, it will be relatively easy for him to ignore speculation which gives Leeds less time to work their magic and convince him.

Lens are in no rush to sell their top man, so Leeds are going to find it extra tough to get a deal over the line especially with competition from fellow Premier League clubs who have cash to splash.

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