By David Woods

20th Jan, 2020 | 7:17am

Phil Hay delivers worrying transfer update after Leeds deal reported close

So, we’re looking back on a week when Leeds United lost again and are still seemingly nowhere nearer signing anyone. 

It’s worrying times for Leeds fans and you’ve got to believe something will happen this week.

One of the deals that looked more likely to go through was one for the young Man City winger Ian Poveda.

Football Insider had said last week that the 19-year-old had agreed personal terms with Leeds and Athletic journalist Phil Hay claimed that Poveda was due at Elland Road last Thursday.

However, competition had arrived for his signature from Italy, with Leeds Live saying that Torino were trying to muscle in on the deal.

It sounds now like it’s not just Torino and Leeds who want the winger.

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Hay delivered an update on Sunday, saying that Poveda “has a few options. Been slow in moving forward.”

We’ll predict something right now. If the Poveda deal falls through and Leeds haven’t delivered a striker, the situation on social media is going to get even more toxic than it is now.

Fans are already frantic about the position in the league and the lack of depth in the Leeds squad.

We know that Leeds have a fine balancing act going on, keeping the club on the right side of Profit & Sustainability while trying to give Marcelo Bielsa who he wants to strengthen the squad.

A lot of Leeds fans had probably not even heard of Poveda before his name was linked with Leeds. Now he’s become a focus for the transfer window.

One problem is, if players were looking at Leeds as a shoo-in for the Premier League, they might be looking at the current form and wondering whether they’d be signing up for another season in the Championship now.

Leeds are still favourites to get promoted but it’s definitely a lot more in the balance now than it was before they went on a run of seven without a win.

Some good news is needed this week.

In other Leeds United news, Sky Sports broadcaster claims Leeds in talks with three clubs over new striker deal