By Mark Smith

29th Jan, 2022 | 8:15am

Leeds United want straight loan move for Liverpool attacker Takumi Minamino - report

Leeds United are pushing to sign Liverpool attacker Takumi Minamino on a straight loan deal, according to the Daily Mail.

The newspaper have shared the update in their print edition (29 January) with no mention of any permanent obligations.

Marcelo Bielsa appears to be targeting reinforcements for the remainder of the season at Elland Road, with injuries taking their toll and Victor Orta hitting a wall with Brenden Aaronson.

Leeds have been heavily linked with the Japanese international in recent days, with an initial approach being turned down [Mirror].

That quickly changed, though, with circumstances said to have changed as Liverpool close in on Porto winger Luis Diaz.

It has now been reported by The Athletic that Minamino could leave Anfield and is valued at £20million by Jurgen Klopp and the Reds.

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Leeds have done this in the past, and it has worked wonders.

The best example is Jack Harrison, who spent three seasons on loan from Manchester City before making his move to Elland Road permanent in the summer.

Despite there being no mention of any options or obligations to buy, Leeds would likely look to include that based on their previous endeavours.

Marcelo Bielsa rarely likes to loan players without the chance to sign them, as he is seen to necessarily be improving them for their parent sides.

Liverpool and Minamino could be open to this as well, as it gives the Japanese international more minutes, and the Reds won’t have to pay his wages.

This is certainly one to keep a very close eye on as the deadline creeps ever nearer in the next 72 hours.

In other Leeds United news, Fabrizio Romano shares Elland Road update with double deal possible in final knockings of January