Leeds United midfielder Jordan Stevens is set to join Swindon Town on loan, Richie Wellens has confirmed.
Speaking to BBC Radio Wiltshire after Swindon’s 3-1 win against Rochdale on Saturday, Robins boss Wellens said that a loan deal should be completed for the 20-year-old on September 21.
It has been confirmed that Stevens won’t head to the Country Ground for another week because Leeds are hoping to sign someone new first.
But based on Wellens’ optimism that a deal will be completed by the end of the month, Leeds are closing in on a deal to sign someone that will allow Stevens to leave on loan.
“Jordan Stevens, we’re very close to,” Wellens told BBC Radio Wiltshire. “I think we’ve more or less done it.
“Leeds have got an issue in terms of releasing him at the moment because they’re trying to get someone in. And Marcelo Bielsa doesn’t let players out very easily. He is the head of Leeds, and only his say-so will release players.
“We’ve been after him for six or seven weeks. He will join us on September 21.”
Stevens will benefit massively from spending a season away from Elland Road on loan after playing five times in all competitions last season for Leeds.
The former Forest Green Rovers midfielder played in central and wide roles for Leeds in his limited appearances last term but is bound to be handed more of a first-team role by Swindon manager Wellens in League One.
It is likely that Leeds are trying to sign Rodrigo De Paul from Udinese before allowing Stevens to leave on loan with The Athletic journalist Phil Hay reporting that the Argentina international is keen on a move to Elland Road and that Leeds want to sign him.
Although Stevens wasn’t in Bielsa’s matchday squad against Liverpool on Saturday, Bielsa is not likely to sanction any exits and potentially weaken his options until a replacement is found.
Stevens isn’t a key player at Leeds but this is the time of planning and forward-thinking that has made Bielsa such a hit in West Yorkshire.
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