By Neil Champney

7th Aug, 2020 | 9:45pm

Graham Smyth issues two-word verdict on reported Leeds pursuit for 26y/o int'l ace

Leeds United are not targeting Gent left-back Milad Mohammadi this summer, according to Yorkshire Evening Post reporter Graham Smyth.

The 26-year-old featured 24 times in all competitions for his current employers last season as they finished runners-up in the Belgian top flight.

A recent report from Football Insider suggested that the Whites were preparing an offer for the Iran international, with a fee of around £6.3 million being mooted as enough to seal the deal.

But Smyth has cast doubt over that report, claiming that Leeds are not interested in pursuing the defender over the coming weeks.

When asked on Twitter whether Mohammadi was a target for Leeds, Smyth responded frankly: “No mate”.

This seems like a fairly open and shut verdict from Smyth.

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There’s no ambiguity in his answer, and it’s quite clear that as far as he is concerned, there is zero interest in a move for Mohammadi this summer.

What seems more open for discussion, however, is whether or not Marcelo Bielsa will move to bring in another left-back as cover and competition for Stuart Dallas.

In recent days we have seen the likes of Brentford full-back Rico Henry linked, as per the Daily Mail.

Perhaps that is a more realistic target.

Certainly, Henry has the quality to be a real success at Elland Road, and has even been compared to England great Ashley Cole before.

With his current club failing to make it out of the Championship this season, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him leave, and as previously examined by MOT Leeds News, we think he would be a really good fit for the Whites.

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