By Pranav Shahaney

26th Sep, 2022 | 4:40pm

Leeds United handed transfer boost with left-back Kai Wagner on course for January exit

Leeds United could finally secure the services of a new left-back after failing with their attempts to buy one over the summer.

Philadelphia Union left-back Kai Wagner has been on the club’s radar for a while and they still retain an interest in signing him.

As there are now more clubs in the race to sign him, securing his services is reportedly going to be harder for them.

Via Twitter, Guardian journalist Tom Bogert wrote, “Sources: Expectation is that Philadelphia Union star LB Kai Wagner will “absolutely” be sold to Europe this winter. Leeds United far from the only club interested, will be difficult for them now rather than the summer.

“Wagner, 25, has 15 assists + is part of best defense in MLS.”

At 25, he’s at the perfect age as he’s not too young and inexperienced and neither is he too old and will take longer to adapt to the Premier League.

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Wagner will be a perfect upgrade on Junior Firpo and will give Marsch two out-and-out full-back options to choose from rather than makeshift defenders.

Pascal Struijk has done well but does not have the attacking prowess of Firpo and Wagner so we do see Marsch prioritising a move for the German in the next few months.

Whether or not Leeds can sign him is a different question altogether, but him looking for an exit is certainly a boost in their pursuit.

In other Leeds United news, an Elland Road-linked midfielder is now certain to leave his club in the coming weeks as a host of Premier League clubs are vying for his services.