By Mark Smith

27th Jan, 2023 | 4:52pm

Leeds United are in fact looking to seal an initial loan transfer for Juventus midfielder Weston McKennie in the final days of the January window, according to Fabrizio Romano.

The Italian transfer guru has shared that the Whites would include a buy clause in any deal, with the American international already giving the green light.

Leeds hope to get the deal done before the deadline on 31 January, although there is yet to be a full agreement between the two clubs, as things stand.

Writing on his personal Twitter account on Friday 27 January, Romano shared the details of the last-gasp move as the Whites make their play.

“Understand Leeds proposal for Weston McKennie is not permanent transfer — it’d be a loan move with buy clause,” he wrote.

“Leeds hope to get it done after green light from the player but there’s still no full agreement with Juventus.”

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With the transfer record already broken to sign Georginio Rutter and Max Wober also arriving for a total of more than £40million combined, this is smart business.

Andrea Radrizzani and the 49ers Enterprises have clearly come together to make sure that Leeds have more than enough to survive relegation in the Premier League and then kick on.

If Leeds were to splash more than £20million on McKennie and then go down, not that we think that will happen, they would need a big fire sale in the summer.

The American looks to be a perfect fit for this midfield though, and with his green light already given and Juventus’ off-field issues right now, this should have no excuse to happen – loan or not.

Victor Orta will be trying to bring an end to these negotiations as soon as possible, and hopefully, an announcement can soon follow for this one to be done way before the deadline to avoid that nervous wait.

In other Leeds United news, the Whites appear to be on the cusp of another January signing as a player’s agent jets into the United Kingdom to conduct final transfer talks.