By Mark Smith

11th Aug, 2022 | 12:10pm

Leeds United have tabled an official bid to sign Los Angeles FC midfielder Jose Cifuentes, according to reports from BOLA VIP.

The Ecuadorian outlet has reported on its website in the past 30 hours that an offer of around £5million has been lodged as they look to beat numerous teams to his signature.

Cifuentes is seen as one of the brightest talents in the MLS and is almost guaranteed to go to the World Cup in Qatar later this year at the end of 2022.

Napoli, Brighton and Leicester City are all said to be interested in the 23-year-old, with a real battle on the hands of LA FC to keep hold of him.

Andrea Radrizzani appears to have let his money fly early as he looks to get this deal over the line before anyone can take advantage of what looks like a cheap price.

Cifuentes is also courted by other clubs across Europe, with a move across the Atlantic looking likely before the window slams shut at the end of August in three weeks.

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Leeds are always ready to move at the very last moment, but even this one appears far-fetched.

As shown by the links to Ismaila Sarr at Watford that have now been emphatically shut down, we will believe it when Cifuentes is potentially holding up that white shirt.

Adam Forshaw is on the verge of a return from injury and with Mateusz Klich potentially sticking around too, we don’t need any more options on top of Marc Roca and Tyler Adams.

Should Klich leave though, this one could become much more viable, and this supposed bid could be in preparation for that departure with exit talk not going away.

Victor Orta and his team have brilliant scouting networks and contacts and it would be no surprise to see someone such as Cifuentes pop up, especially with Jesse Marsch’s obvious links to the MLS.

Time will tell, but for now, this one is far from being unveiled or even progressing.

In other Leeds United news, Phil Hay has finally responded as transfer talk surrounding Ismaila Sarr goes into overdrive this week