By Craig Scott

1st Jul, 2022 | 12:40pm

Phil Hay: Leeds United want to sign Tyler Adams on loan with RB Leipzig exit on the cards

Leeds United are interested in signing RB Leipzig midfielder Tyler Adams on loan as Kalvin Phillips heads to Manchester Cty, according to The Athletic journalist Phil Hay.

Writing via The Athletic website on Friday morning (1 July), Hay reported that Adams, 23, is on a list of midfielders who Leeds are looking at as they aim to replace 25-year-old Phillips.

It is understood that USA international Adams is expected to leave Leipzig this summer with the Bundesliga club open to agreeing a loan-to-buy offer for him.

Hay said: “Sources in Germany have told The Athletic that Leipzig are willing to allow Adams to leave on a temporary basis with a view to a permanent move.

“With Phillips poised to complete his transfer to City and Chelsea and Barcelona pushing to land Raphinha, Leeds will attempt to ramp up their transfer business ahead of their pre-season tour to Australia in 10 days’ time.”

Yay or nay?

If Leeds weren’t selling Phillips, we wouldn’t have a bad word to say about the signing of Adams.

If he does arrive at Leeds, the Whites will be getting a versatile midfielder who can play in the middle of the park as a central midfielder, a defensive midfielder or a right-back.

He’s pacey and athletic, too.

As quoted on the Bundesliga website in 2020, USA manager Gregg Berhalter said: “We’ve played him at right-back before.

“I think he’s a good fit there because of his speed, his dynamic, his ability to process the ball and move forward with the ball and attack with speed.”

“We see him primarily as a central midfielder. We always have seen him as a central midfielder, but we know that when we need to be flexible he can play that position as well. We think right now the right-back position is filled with depth, and he’ll be most suited in our system in central midfield.”

However, as a replacement for Phillips – if that’s how he’s viewed – this isn’t awe-inspiring at all.

Do we have to sign players who Marsch has worked with?

Adams played for Marsch for both New York Red Bulls and RB Leipzig.

And the fact he’s American continues to suggest the direction we’re going in with the 49ers close to becoming majority owners at Elland Road.

Is this as creative as we can get?

Marc Roca is the exception right now because he’s a Spanish midfielder who’s come in from the fringes of the Bayern Munich side.

But Brenden Aaronson, Rasmus Kristensen and Adams.

Really?

Come on, Leeds.

In other Leeds United news, a medical is now underway for this Elland Road ace to leave.