By Jonty Banks

26th Dec, 2022 | 12:10pm

Leeds United want to sign Kai Wagner as transfer now in low millions - Phil Hay

Leeds United are interested in signing Philadelphia Union left-back Kai Wagner, and the club believe they could lure him from the MLS for a low fee, according to The Athletic’s Phil Hay.

Jesse Marsch is in dire need of some defensive reinforcements in the January transfer window, with Pascal Struijk having had to fill in at left-back for most of the Premier League season due to a lack of suitable alternatives.

And having conceded a worrying 26 goals from just 14 games this season, the Whites’ defence is in major need of restructuring in the upcoming winter window.

According to Hay, Victor Orta and Marsch are targeting Wagner as a potential low-risk signing who could prove an antidote for their defensive shortcomings.

His report said: “Despite being 25, Philadelphia Union’s Kai Wagner is one option they are looking at — a defender who is yet to appear in a major European league and has plenty of miles left in the tank.

“A fee to get him from the 2022 MLS runners-up would be likely to fall in the low millions.”

Get him in

Leeds’ left-back predicament is possibly the most pressing issue at the club, so signing Wagner for a low fee after several promising seasons in the MLS seems like a very good option.

With Struijk currently holding the fort on the left flank, Leeds’ whole gameplan has to make minor changes to help protect his weaknesses, which in turn limited their attacking output.

Although he hasn’t played any competitive European football, having a natural left-back in the starting XI will do wonders for Marsch’s defence.

Wagner has been outstanding in the MLS over the past few seasons and has been touted with a move to bigger and better things for quite some time now. After joining Philadephia in 2019, the defender has racked up 110 appearances and is now primed for a move to the Premier League.

With Leeds eyeing a cut-price deal, it really seems a no-brainer to sign the German in January.

In other Leeds news, Mark Lawrenson has predicted the result of Leeds’ clash with Manchester City.