By Craig Scott

14th Aug, 2022 | 8:10pm

Leeds United would fail to acquire work permit for Brandon Vazquez signing as speculation emerges

Leeds United will not be able to sign Cincinnati striker Brendon Vazquez despite him being linked with a move to Elland Road, according to James Nalton.

Writing via his personal Twitter account on Sunday (14 August), the Forbes journalist reported that Vazquez, 23, would fail to obtain a work permit to play in England for the Whites as he hasn’t yet represented the senior USA national team.

CBS journalist Ben Jacobs had earlier reported on Sunday that Leeds are tracking the San Diego-born striker with Jesse Marsch a big fan of him. Jacobs did, however, admit that a move this summer would be unlikely.

And it seems that the move won’t be happening until Vazquez has at least played for the US national team.

Might not be long

It might not be long before Vazquez does play for the USA national team based on his form in the MLS for Cincinnati.

He’s scored 15 goals and supplied four assists in 24 MLS appearances in this 2022 season, including five in his last four appearances.

Vazquez started his international career with Mexico’s Under-17s but has since played for the USA from Under-17s up to the Under-23s.

We doubt it’ll be long before he’s a fully-capped international and that means that he could be in line for a transfer to Leeds in the next year or so.

Victor Orta will surely keep track of his form in that time but the USA connections at Leeds are really not showing any signs of slowing down.

Once Vazquez does have enough work permit points to play in the Premier League, we wouldn’t rule out the possibility that the San Francisco 49ers have bought Andrea Radrizzani out of Elland Road.

So far, we haven’t been steered too wrong by Radrizzani and the 49ers but Marsch does still have a lot to prove.

Brenden Aaronson has so far been a hit and we’re looking forward to seeing how Tyler Adams progresses at Elland Road.

Vazquez is an interesting one but scoring in MLS is like scoring in League One or even League Two in England.

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