The Athletic’s Phil Hay has played down speculation linking Leeds United with a move for Norwich City midfielder Todd Cantwell.

On Sunday, PA journalist Nick Mashiter reported that Leeds were in talks with Norwich over a potential £15million deal for the 22-year-old.

However, former Yorkshire Evening Post reporter Hay has spoken to his sources at Leeds about Cantwell, who have played down the speculation.

Hay, however, does add that it doesn’t mean there is no interest from Leeds in the England Under-21 international and that Bayern Munich’s Michael Cuisance is seen as a “major target” instead.

Cantwell was left out of Norwich’s matchday squad by Daniel Farke on Sunday as the Canaries lost 1-0 to Bournemouth in the Championship.

Even though Norwich finished bottom of the Premier League last season, they still had a few gems in their squad with Teemu Pukki, Emiliano Buendia, Jamal Lewis and Cantwell among them.

Cantwell scored six goals and supplied two assists in 37 Premier League appearances last term and due to him being just 22-years-of-age, he’s someone who could have a big future ahead of him.

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Speaking on Match of the Day in February after Norwich lost 1-0 to Liverpool, Chris Sutton tipped the Canaries ace to seal a transfer to a big club in the near future.

He said: “We had James Maddison at Norwich City not so long ago. I think this boy is going places as well. I really do. I think he takes the ball beautifully. Got the ball up the pitch.

“What impressed me about him against Liverpool is his defensive discipline. I cannot think of too many times where Alexander-Arnold got crosses in. He’s a terrific talent. Wonderful awareness and we will be seeing him play for a top-six club in the near future.”

We wouldn’t mind a player like him at Elland Road, especially as Marcelo Bielsa likes to have plenty of winger options in his squad and that Cantwell is also versatile enough to play in the middle.

But, based on this update from Hay, a move for the England Under-21 attacker could be quite unlikely.

In other Leeds United news, there could be a battle to sign this Leeds target in the January transfer window.

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