Leeds United reportedly interested in signing midfielder that idolises Wayne Rooney

Leeds United have reportedly made it clear to Derby County that they are interested in raiding the Rams for England youth international Louie Sibley – despite the player once claiming he idolises a Manchester United legend.

Sibley, 19, has broken into Derby’s side since Philipp Cocu took over at the start of last summer. He has clocked up 22 appearances at senior level for the Rams, scoring five goals and creating three more – including a hat-trick against Millwall.

The Yorkshire Evening Post have claimed that Leeds have made it apparent to Derby that they want to sign Sibley – though a move before Friday’s deadline looks unlikely given how close we are to the end of the window. Orta confirmed Leeds are keen.

It remains to be seen how much Derby would want for Sibley and whether they are keen to sell, as well as Sibley’s stance – given he has come through the ranks at Derby and is playing alongside a player that he idolises – in United icon Wayne Rooney.

“When I was younger, and I’m not just saying this, Wayne Rooney was one that I looked up to,” Sibley told the Guardian last month. “His aggression I’ve taken into my game. He has always had that bit of bite about him and that’s the way I play as well.”

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TBR’s view – Would Sibley be a good addition?

Leeds have bought well this summer, but there is a trend. The Whites have not bought players, as they have done in the past under Marcelo Bielsa, for the future. Instead, they have bought to improve the side now – but with players that have resale value.

Raphinha is 23, bought for less than £20million. Robin Koch is 23, bought for less than £15million. Rodrigo is 29 but has been brought in for an instant impact, while Diego Llorente is 27 and still has resale value – given he was nabbed for just £18million.

Sibley is different to that trend. Even though he would cost a similar fee to the aforementioned players, he would not have an immediate impact – but could do in years to come. With a return to the top tier, instant impact is needed. Sibley is not that.

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