Leeds United are reportedly interested in raiding old Championship foes Derby County for England youth international Louie Sibley and have made their interest known to the Rams – but do the Whites have a trump card to get a deal done?
Still only 19 years of age, Sibley has caught the attention of onlooking admirers for his breakthrough performances in Derby’s senior side. The attacking midfielder already has five senior goals in 22 games – as well as three assists.
The Yorkshire Evening Post report that Leeds like Sibley as they continue their search for an attacking midfielder, and have opened talks with Derby to make their interest in the England Under-19 star apparent. But Leeds might have a trump card.
Back in early September, The Times claimed Derby were interested in raiding Leeds for 21-year-old Tyler Roberts. The Wales international has been in and out of the Leeds side this season, with new signing Raphinha could reduce his game time.
Similarly, Pablo Hernandez is due to return from injury after the international break and it leaves the £4million (Mail) signing without much of a chance of game time. He is likely to warm the bench at Leeds from this point in.
Roberts will be aware of that, as will Leeds. So, given that Roberts may entertain a loan before Friday’s deadline – Leeds could use Derby’s reported interest in Roberts to include a loan to Pride Park in a player-plus-loan deal for Sibley.
Whether Derby would be open to reducing their asking price for Sibley with the inclusion of a Roberts loan remains to be seen. But the Wales ace could just be used as a trump card to get a deal for Sibley over the line.