By Pranav Shahaney

3rd Jan, 2023 | 5:10pm

Leeds United target Jesus Vazquez appears set for Valencia stay

Leeds United appear to have been handed a blow in their pursuit to secure the services of Valencia left-back Jesus Vazquez in January.

According to Radio Marca, the La Liga outfit have convinced the 20-year-old to stay put and have assured him playing minutes.

It was earlier understood that Vazquez wanted to leave due to the lack of minutes and Leeds wanted a left-back, but have since signed Maximilian Wober.

Via Twitter, Radio Marco wrote, “Valencia has transferred a sports plan to the player in the last hours. This has convinced the player to stay. Jesus wants to continue working to continue convincing. Gattuso wants him to have minutes.”

He would’ve been a good long-term option for Leeds, but after signing Wober, they probably would not have pursed his services in January.

Junior Firpo has been underwhelming and once he’s sold only then will the Whites begin to consider signing a replacement.

Vazquez won’t leave in January by the looks of it, but if Firpo is sold in the summer, Leeds may return and try to tempt him to join.

However, they’re unlikely to pay the club-record fee that has previously been quoted as Wober is expected to retain his spot in the first team.

Plaza Deportiva reported on 17 November that he had changed agents perhaps to force a move away but had a release clause of £34.9million in his deal.

If Valencia do not keep their end of the deal, Vazquez surely will force a move away and that would lower his asking rate.

In other Leeds United news, a headline-making player who is linked with a move to Elland Road desperately wants a Premier League transfer in January.