By Craig Scott

25th Aug, 2022 | 12:12pm

Jesse Marsch would sign Kai Wagner today if he could as Leeds United bid update emerges

Leeds United manager Jesse Marsch would sign German left-back Kai Wagner from Philadelphia Union on Thursday if he could, according to Tom Bogert.

Wagner, 25, has been continuously linked with Leeds this month with Forbes reporting on 19 August that Marsch and director of football Victor Orta have been in talks with the full-back’s camp over a potential transfer.

MLS journalist Bogert, who’s featured in FourFourTwo and The Guardian, claims that Marsch is desperate to land Wagner but Leeds are yet to make an official move to sign him.

“Kai Wagner. That’s someone Leeds are interested in and that interest is being driven by Jesse Marsch,” Bogert told Men In Blazers, as shown in a clip on Twitter on Wednesday night (24 August).

“If it was up to him, Kai Wagner would be signed tomorrow (Thursday, 25 August).

“This is one I’ve been making calls about. It feels like for a long time, not just for this summer but also last winter because Kai Wagner always seems to have some interviews every off-season about how he’s ready to go back to Europe.

“And there is interest aplenty.

“Leeds are interested but as of last night (Tuesday, 23 August), there has been no official bid from Leeds United or anybody else for Kai Wagner.”

Stop messing about

As much as we don’t know whether Wagner would be a hit in the Premier League or not, Leeds need a left-back and he’s done very well in the MLS.

Wagner is one of the best full-backs in the USA and the German also has a taste of European football from his days at Schalke and Augsburg in his homeland.

It would be a risk in signing him – of course it would.

But Leeds need a left-back right away and if Wagner is available for a fair price than Orta should be caving to Marsch’s demands and signing a player who the manager wants in his squad.

Marsch is hardly asking for much here.

Wagner would be a left-back who’ll compete with Junior Firpo for a spot in the starting line-up.

However, given how unreliable Firpo’s fitness is, Wagner would more than likely start a lot of games.

We should be trying to push this one through now.

Stop messing around.

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