By Pranav Shahaney

23rd Aug, 2022 | 6:10pm

Leeds United are reportedly still in talks to sign left-back Kai Wagner but it is understood to be a slow process.

According to Transfermarkt journalist Manuel Veth, the Whites remain keen on signing the Philadelphia Union defender but are now joined in the race by a French club.

The 25-year-old could leave this summer but no progress has yet been made on where he’s likely to end up.

Via Twitter, Veth wrote, “Update on Kai Wagner. Leeds United still in the race. Talks ongoing with #LUFC but it is a slow process at the moment. Wagner also has other options with one club in France now also interested.”

No time remaining

With only a handful of days left to go before the window slams shut, we’re surprised why the Elland Road hierarchy are not upping the ante.

They cannot be fine with Pascal Struijk playing out of position at left-back for another game, even though he has been good there.

Jesse Marsch will surely want a specialist in that position and something tells us that his American connections are pivotal in their pursuit of a player plying his trade in the MLS.

Junior Firpo may be close to a return but he does need an out-and-out left-back to deputise and challenge for a first-team berth.

Leeds must now fend off interest from the other sides keen on signing him and quickly look to agree on personal terms with the German.

They cannot afford to end the window without signing a first-team left-back even though Marsch has said that he’s happy with Firpo.

In other Leeds United news, the Whites could make a final push for an international striker after he was left out of his side’s matchday squad over the weekend.