By Mark Smith

7th Oct, 2020 | 8:00pm

'In that area' - EFL manager speaks out amid reported pursuit of Leeds youngster

Sunderland boss Phil Parkinson has cast doubts over reports linking his side with a loan move for Leeds United midfielder Robbie Gotts.

The Northern Echo had claimed on their website that the Black Cats had held talks with the Whites over the 20-year-old.

They reported that Swindon, where Jordan Stevens is currently on loan, had also held talks whereas Huddersfield and Hull were interested.

Parkinson was questioned over whether he would make a move for Gotts and suggested his priority was elsewhere.

“We’ve also got some youngsters of our own in that position,” Phil Smith shared on his personal Twitter account.

“There is an area or two that we’d like to be stronger.”

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That would appear to have ruled Sunderland out of the running, with Gotts still likely to move somewhere in the EFL this season.

EFL and Premier League clubs can still conduct business between themselves until October the 16th, with more than one week remaining.

With Sunderland apparently out of the running, where else could Gotts end up?

The most likely option would be Huddersfield, who are currently managed by his former coach Carlos Corberan.

After working with Marcelo Bielsa for two years, he would surely earn his blessing and Gotts would be in a similar environment to what he is at Thorp Arch.

We expect Gotts to move on, and we believe the best place for his development over the next season in the Championship.

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