By Craig Scott

21st Aug, 2022 | 8:29am

LAFC midfielder Jose Cifuentes is able to obtain a UK work permit now amid interest from Leeds United, Newcastle United and Brighton, according to Alan Nixon.

Writing via his Patreon account on Sunday morning (21 August), the Sun journalist reported that after two years of missing out on a move to England, the 23-year-old is now eligible to move to the Premier League now he’s a full-blown Ecuador international.

It is understood that Leeds are making “hurried checks” on the MLS central midfielder due to Brighton trying to do a £6million move for him.

Another midfielder?

Leeds don’t need Cifuentes.

If they do decide to pursue the Ecuadorian midfielder then it’s because the club cannot help themselves when it comes to signing all things to do with America.

Cifuentes has spent the last two and a half years playing in the MLS for LAFC.

He’s done well in the USA too and this season, he’s scored seven goals and supplied eight assists in 28 appearances across all competitions.

But Leeds don’t need any more additions to their central midfield options so we have no idea why Victor Orta would waste time and resources pursuing a deal for this player.

Marc Roca and Tyler Adams have both been snapped up this summer. Mateusz Klich, Adam Forshaw are experienced, senior players at Elland Road and Darko Gyabi is there as back-up as a youngster.

Stuart Dallas will be back from injury at some point too while Robin Koch and Pascal Struijk can step into defensive midfield roles when needed.

Leeds don’t need Cifuentes – unless he can somehow play as a striker or a left-back.

If Leeds are going to do any more business this summer it’ll be to add to those two positions and they won’t be signing their fourth new central midfielder of the transfer window.

It’s nonsensical.

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