By Anthony Onifade

24th Jan, 2023 | 8:40pm

Gianluca Di Marzio shares Leeds United and Leicester City clarification over Harry Souttar transfer claim on Sky Sports

Leeds United are not close to agreeing a deal to sign Stoke City defender Harry Souttar, Gianluca Di Marzio has clarified.

The Whites have been incredibly busy during the January transfer window, completing deals for both Maximilian Wober from Red Bull Salzburg and Georginio Rutter from TSG Hoffenheim for a combined fee of around £50million

There’s no surprise that Souttar is attracting attention from the Premier League after his sublime performances in Qatar for the Australian national team, with West Ham United and Wolves previously linked [29 December].

As quoted on the Sky Sports Transfer Centre [24 January, 17:44], Di Marzio said that the Whites are close to agreeing on a deal to sign the defender from Stoke City.

But he clarified on-air that he meant to say Leicester City are close to a deal for Souttar – after the transfer live blog didn’t change his initial comments.

He also revealed that the Foxes are trying for 26-year-old winger Jack Harrison.

Smart business?

Acquiring the services of Souttar from Stoke City can easily be considered a smart business for the Whites this month, especially with the club looking to undergo a defensive revamp in the summer.

Liam Cooper, Diego Llorente and Junior Firpo’s futures are uncertain at Elland Road, and Marsch will be desperate for long-term reinforcements in the near future.

Souttar fits the bill tremendously, and that’s if the Whites are actually interested.

Considering his stunning performances in the Sky Bet Championship and on the biggest footballing stage at the World Cup against the likes of Kylian Mbappe and Lionel Messi, Souttar is certainly ready for a step up to the Premier League level and Elland Road could well be the ideal platform for him to make his name.

The 24-year-old would steadily improve the Leeds back-line as well as being a reliable and pivotal presence at the heart of their defence for years to come.

In other Leeds United news, a journalist has shared if the Whites are set for a financial gain if Raphinha quits Barcelona in the January window following links with Arsenal.