By Pranav Shahaney

30th Mar, 2022 | 6:40pm

Victor Orta makes Brennan Johnson admission amid Leeds United transfer links

Victor Orta has confirmed that Leeds United wanted to sign Brennan Johnson when he was a 16-year-old.

The Whites director of football believes they pursued the Wales international’s services four years ago but he did not join.

Currently, he was even linked with a move to Brentford but that transfer did not materialise.

Speaking to Marca, Orta said, “I indicated that we had to anticipate and develop the ‘Anticipate Project Talent’ project with my scouting group of English people, who are the best in England. We had to reach the player much earlier because if we expected the player to debut, he would have minutes in the Championship.

“As Brennan Johnson is now a new Welsh international, the best young player in the English second division is already at 20 kilos (£20m).

“He has rejected Brentford for 17/18. My model was to have arrived at Brennan Johnson when he was 16 and we tried. But it couldn’t be.”

Would’ve been great

Johnson is tearing up defences in the Championship at the nascent age of 20.

Had he been signed by Leeds, he would’ve undoubtedly been one of their best players.

Having him playing as a striker or just behind the striker would’ve given this Leeds attack a different dimension altogether.

However, the player did what he thought was best at the time, but given how things panned out, he may be regretting his decision.

That said, there still are chances of the Whites rekindling their interest and making a summer move for him.

He has been described as “unbelievable” during his tenure at the City Ground so it’s not been all doom and gloom.

In other Leeds United news, the Whites are leading the race to complete a major signing and have already opened talks to seal a £25m deal.