By Dan Carter

24th Oct, 2023 | 12:40pm

Leeds United could change Wilfried Gnonto stance if they receive a £30m offer in January

Leeds United could change their “not for sale” stance on Wilfried Gnonto if a £30million offer arrived in January, according to Leeds Live.

The online source reported on its website Tuesday (24 October) that the Whites may have to change the approach that they adopted during the summer transfer window should a big offer arrive for the Italian when the window reopens in the new year.

Gnonto was a target for Everton and even refused to play for Leeds in an attempt to force a move to Goodison Park and the belief is now that should a bid arrive for both the 19-year-old and Crysencio Summerville, it will make “more sense” to keep the Dutchman at Elland Road.

In the early stages of the season, Gnonto has been unable to find his feet in the Championship, only scoring and assisting once in six matches as he’s been sidelined with injury in recent weeks so should a large bid be submitted, Daniel Farke’s side would be expected to consider it.

Big fee

Most expected Gnonto to take the Championship by storm this season after the 19-year-old was so impressive in his first season in the Premier League, where he registered six goal contributions in just 14 top-flight starts under Jesse Marsch, Javi Gracia and Sam Allardyce.

But for whatever reason, the Italian has failed to get his season up and running after an incredibly disrupted pre-season and his recent injury struggles, but the players currently starting in the wide areas at Elland Road are in inspired form.

Summerville and Dan James are currently undroppable with both wingers contributing in front of goal in recent weeks and while Joel Piroe and Georginio Rutter are both fit they look likely to start almost every game under Farke’s management.

Gnonto will play a part in the coming weeks as Leeds United face an incredibly congested fixture schedule and the former Norwich City boss will be forced to call upon the entirety of his playing squad and the 19-year-old could rediscover his form from last year.

But the last few weeks have shown that the Whites can be a very impressive Championship outfit even without Gnonto and those higher-up at Elland Road may believe that January offers the perfect chance to cash in on the Italian international.

In other Leeds United news, Carlton Palmer expects Premier League clubs to test the Whites’ resolve over Summerville in January