By George Overhill

25th Jan, 2023 | 10:10am

Weston McKennie has accepted a contract offer from Leeds United and talks are continuing at club level with Juventus, Fabrizio Romano reports.

The USMNT international has emerged as a late-window target after the pursuit of Azzedine Ounahi became bogged down, and it looks like a move is a real possibility.

The Serie A giants have offered McKennie, 24, to Premier League sides [90min, 24 January] with the Whites thought to be looking at a loan-to-buy move, and while agreement is yet to be reached at club level the player is fully on board.

Reporting on Twitter Wednesday morning (25 January) Romano wrote: “Weston McKennie has accepted Leeds United contract proposal, personal terms are not an issue – it’s on Leeds and Juventus now.

“The two clubs are discussing on conditions of the deal to understand how to proceed in new round of talks.”

Hurdle cleared

The American revolution looks like it might be about to take another step if McKennie is brought in to play alongside his international captain Tyler Adams.

The pair drew plenty of plaudits for their performances alongside Yunus Musah at the World Cup in Qatar, so there is certainly a logic to pairing the two Americans in the Leeds United midfield.

But whether he is the defensive option that might be required to shield the defence, or if the formation under Jesse Marsch would need to change is open to question.

But the Whites are clearly not sitting still in the final week of the transfer window, and the squad looks certain to come out of January looking far stronger following the arrivals of Max Wober and Georginio Rutter.

A midfield signing looks like being the final piece of the puzzle, and the hope would surely be for McKennie to benefit from his familiarity with Adams and fellow international teammate Brenden Aaronson.

A fee, whether immediately or at the end of a loan spell, has been mooted as high as £35million [Florian Plettenberg, 24 January 5.20pm], so whether this move is going to force the club to consider selling somebody like Jack Harrison remains to be seen, but the end of the window doesn’t look like it is going to be quiet.

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