By Craig Scott

22nd Sep, 2022 | 4:10pm

Leeds United are seeing their chances of signing Frankfurt star Daichi Kamada on a free transfer in January increase, according to The Express.

The newspaper reported via their website on 22 September that the 26-year-old attacking midfielder was wanted by Leeds, and Tottenham, in the summer transfer window with Sport1 claiming on 2 June he was a target at Elland Road.

Kicker have also reported earlier this week (19 September) that a game of “contract poker” is being played with Kamada at Frankfurt with the Japan international set to have “significantly more lucrative options” than his current club, where his existing deal expires next year.

Freebie in January? No chance

The Express are reporting that as Kamada is stalling over a new deal at Europa League champions Frankfurt – but we’re not sure how that leads to an opportunity for him to join Leeds for free in January.

Kamara’s deal at Frankfurt expires at the end of the season.

He’ll be up for grabs on a pre-contract basis from 1 January – but not for clubs in the Premier League.

There will only be a chance for Leeds to sign Kamada for free if Frankfurt opt to release him from his contract and based on how well he’s doing this season, that just isn’t going to happen.

Kamada’s scored six goals and supplied three assists in 10 appearances across all competitions for Frankfurt this season.

He’s a versatile attacker, who’s played as a number 10 or a left-winger for Frankfurt this season while he’s also been able to star in the centre of the park.

Without delving too deep, Kamada looks a similar type of player to Brenden Aaronson.

However, if he’s up for grabs for next to nothing in January, we’d be happy to see Victor Orta make a move for the Europa League-winning Japan international.

In other Leeds United news, this Leeds man is a “strong contender” to leave Leeds.