MOT View: Leeds might rue not signing reported centre-mid target set to join promotion rivals
Leeds United might rue not pushing harder to sign Shandon Baptiste from Oxford United this month as the central midfielder closes in on a move to Brentford.
According to talkSPORT’s senior sports writer Sean Gallagher, the 21-year-old midfielder is an “outstanding” talent and he claims a deal to take him to Griffin Park is complete.
TalkSPORT had reported earlier this week that Leeds had been interested in Baptiste amid an impressive season in League One for Oxford.
Newcastle, Rangers and Celtic were also said to be keen on the one-time Grenada international, with the Bhoys reportedly tabling a £3million bid for him.
Leeds were in good company in their pursuit of Baptiste, which shows they were certainly barking up the right tree.
Brentford have managed to master signing players from the lower leagues and turning a profit on them while being in the hunt with a Premier League club like Newcastle is also promising.
Baptiste has made 25 appearances for Oxford this season, scoring four goals and supplying four assists in the process.
While he is mainly a central midfielder, he can also play on the left-wing, so being versatile is yet another plus-point for the highly-rated youngster.
Leeds need central midfielders but Marcelo Bielsa has confirmed that all deals have been completed this month.
Kalvin Phillips is suspended for the next two games, Adam Forshaw has been injured since September and Mateusz Klich’s form had been a concern until he pulled the strings in the win against Millwall on Tuesday.
Leeds could have done with another central midfielder this month and Baptiste would have been a very handy addition.
Let’s hope they do not regret not pushing harder to sign him and that he does not shine too much for promotion rivals Brentford.
In other Leeds United news, it has been confirmed that Victor Orta has held January talks with a chairman of a League One club.