By Anthony Onifade

1st Sep, 2023 | 7:30pm

Leeds United want to sign Ilias Chair, late transfer not wanted by Queens Park Rangers

Leeds United want to seal a last-gasp move for Queens Park Rangers attacking midfielder Ilias Chair before Friday’s 11pm deadline, according to journalist Darren Witcoop.

The Sunday Mirror journalist, taking to his personal Twitter account (1 September) shared that the Whites registered an interest in Chair earlier in the summer window and any move could have ramifications on Joe Gelhardt’s future at Elland Road.

With Leeds looking set to lose Sinisterra to Bournemouth, it looks as though Chair would be the one player they want to try and replace him.

Witcoop tweeted: “For those asking, Leeds registered an interest in Ilias Chair earlier this summer. Lost Sinisterra today. But QPR don’t want to lose Chair so close to deadline.

“Joe Gelhardt potentially one who could be available if any deal is struck but clock ticking.”

He also added in another tweet on Friday 1 September: “To complicate matters for any Chair deal to Leeds, Joe Gelhardt is attracting interest from Ipswich.”

Time running out

Chair has arguably been one of QPR’s standout and best performers over the past couple of seasons despite the West London club’s struggles recently and is a player certainly destined for a move away very soon.

Leeds United will certainly be desperate for more midfield invention in the transfer market, players who can grab games by the scruff of the neck with their creativity and imagination in the final third and Chair is certainly amongst the best in the England second division at providing that.

28 goals and 31 assists throughout his six-year spell at Loftus Road certainly makes for impressive reading and certainly highlights a player very influential in both scoring and creating chances, which Daniel Farke could certainly do with at Elland Road.

However, with the 11pm deadline just hours away, it is very unlikely to see the Whites make their move for Chair with so little time left to get the nooks and crannies of the deal completed before the deadline.

Should Leeds United need it later on, this is a deal that could well be revisited in January, because Chair is destined for a bigger move before long and the Whites should certainly be at the front of the queue to test the waters for his signature.

He’s a talent that could prove crucial in their bid for Premier League promotion down the line.

In other Leeds United news, a new £25m exit twist has emerged regarding Elland Road attacker Luis Sinisterra.