By David Woods

8th Jan, 2020 | 9:26am

Premier League side in transfer u-turn after Leeds make formal approach for midfielder – report

Leeds United have made a formal approach to take Liverpool’s Curtis Jones on loan according to Football Insider.

However, Jones’ display against Everton in the FA Cup on Sunday – he scored a worldie that won the match – has pushed Jurgen Klopp into a u-turn after it initially looked like he would let Jones leave on loan.

Klopp has now decided that the youngster has a part to play at Anfield this season.

According to the report, Leeds have been officially knocked back by Liverpool after also missing out on Rhian Brewster. Brewster signed with Championship rivals Swansea on Tuesday.

This news comes as a surprise. We’re expecting Leeds to sign a striker, a winger and a goalkeeper, but a midfielder would be an extra body we weren’t expecting to arrive in January.

One thing that could be forcing the hand of Leeds is the injury to Adam Forshaw.

He’s been out for 17 Championship games with a hip injury that is still not 100 percent.

Paul Robinson exclusively revealed to MOT Leeds News that this is a “real problem” and that it might even necessitate an operation.

If that’s the case, Leeds might well be looking to recruit another midfielder in January, although if that is the case, the search continues after the news about Jones.

Leeds will be looking primarily at loans this January and one of the big issues is convincing club and player over game time.

Marcelo Bielsa likes to maintain a small group of regular players and both Jack Clarke and Eddie Nketiah were recalled over a lack of game time in January.

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