Yorkshire Evening Post journalist Graham Smyth would be surprised if Leeds United manager to poach Louie Sibley from cash-strapped Derby this month.

In October, the Mirror reported that Leeds’ director of football Victor Orta had made an enquiry about Sibley, 19, but the Whites were priced out of a move.

Speaking on The Phil Hay Show podcast earlier this month, The Athletic’s Phil Hay reported that the young Derby attacker remains on Leeds’ radar.

However, writing in a Q&A on the Yorkshire Evening Post website, Smyth has pretty much ruled out of the possibility of a move for the England Under-19 international before the January transfer window closes.

He said: “Louie Sibley is another whose name has definitely appeared on a list but I’d be surprised (pleasantly) if that one was to happen any time soon. He was outrageously good against an admittedly below par 23s when I went to watch them at Loughborough.”

Why not this month?

We get that Marcelo Bielsa doesn’t like to do business in the January transfer window but Sibley is someone who would be added to the Under-23s with the view to him playing a first-team role in the future.

The same happened with Ian Poveda last January and look at him now, playing regular Premier League football for the Whites.

Sibley has been in and out of the Derby team this season with the Birmingham-born attacking midfielder playing 16 times in the Championship but starting only five times.

The 19-year-old, who is doing what he can to emulate Rams boss and Manchester United legend Wayne Rooney [Guardian], has a big future ahead of him so why not try to sign him this month?

Derby are struggling financially.

As reported by the Derby Telegraph, Sheikh Khaled’s bid to buy the Championship side has been thrown into fresh doubt with players having their pay delayed in December.

It’s not good news in the East Midlands but Leeds should at least be trying to capitalise on it by landing Sibley.

In other Leeds United news, there’s been a major update on the Rodrigo De Paul transfer saga.


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