By Joe Ellis

27th Jan, 2022 | 9:55am

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Leeds United may have been dealt a blow in their pursuit of RC Lens midfielder Seko Fofana as the club’s CEO has issued a hands-off warning.

The Whites are keen to add another body to their midfield before the 31 January deadline strikes and ex-Manchester City and Fulham central midfielder Fofana had been identified as a viable option [Sebastien Denis].

The latest development however has seen RC Lens CEO Arnaud Pouille come out publicly to say Fofana, and anyone at the club, are not for sale this month.

“For there to be discussions, there would have to be an interest from the player. If this is the case, you discuss, then there is a finalization where the player confirms his interest to you and you confirm that the rights of the club are respected,” Pouille said in an interview with La Voix Du Nord.

“That’s how we work with players. For the moment, yes, there have been approaches, interests and concretely a written offer, Basta. But we don’t want to sell Seko there or anyone.”

But that doesn’t necessarily mean the door is completely closed though and Leeds should continue pushing for the 26-year-old.

There is definitely a price at which Fofana can be prized away from the Ligue 1 side and with the money in the Premier League these days, Leeds United have it to hand.

The question will now be if they want to go all-in on Fofana or pursue other avenues with Brendan Aaronson also high on their agenda [MLS Soccer].

Marcelo Bielsa has made no secret of his desire to add to his currently threadbare squad but the only arrival at Elland Road so far this month has been 18-year-old striker Mateo Joseph Fernandez.

The Spaniard isn’t likely to feature for the first team and Bielsa wants at least one more addition before the window slams shut.

In other Leeds United news, this breakthrough Premier League star is also on the club’s transfer radar.