By Jonty Banks

29th Dec, 2022 | 4:10pm

Jesse Marsch can use contacts for Leeds United to seal Kai Wagner transfer

Jesse Marsch can use his “extensive contacts” to lure Philadephia Union left-back Kai Wagner to Leeds United in the January transfer window, according to Dean Jones.

The Yorkshire club are in dire need of defensive reinforcements, with Pascal Struijk currently having to fill in as an emergency left-back with few other alternatives available at the club.

Recent reports suggested the Whites were looking to snap up the 25-year-old to bolster their defensive ranks in January and could sign him for a modest fee.

Former Eurosport journalist Jones believes Marsch’s contacts in his homeland could prove the key to unlocking the transfer in the coming weeks.

He told GiveMeSport: “Obviously, there is an interest here, so that’s a good start. 

“Marsch is going to have extensive contacts and understanding of the player through people he knows in terms of whether he is a good fit.”

Great option

Leeds’ defensive predicament has now reached a crisis point, with the club desperately needing a left-back in the upcoming transfer window.

Although Struijk is currently holding the fort admirably well, he isn’t Marsch’s long-term option on the left flank and the quicker he is shifted back to centre-back, the better.

Wagner could prove an extremely clever signing if Marsch and Victor Orta can get it over the line, with the German-born defender proving himself one of the best full-backs in the MLS since his Philadelphia debut in 2019.

Despite having no European football under his belt, Wagner has racked up 100 appearances in America, and a move to the Premier League seems the next logical step in his career.

With the left-back reportedly available for a low fee, and Marsch able to use his contacts back home, Leeds fans will hope the club can get this one over the line pretty sharpish.

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