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Manager doesn’t think Leeds-linked £10m attacker will leave, interest was reportedly ‘pretty serious’

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Manager doesn’t think Leeds-linked £10m attacker will leave, interest was reportedly ‘pretty serious’

Leeds United can be happy with their business this transfer window, having bolstered their ranks with some great acquisitions over the past few weeks.

With the window set to shut on Monday, there could yet be some late signings at Elland Road – indeed, the next few days will see speculation and links reach fever pitch.

However, one player who looks unlikely to join Leeds, despite previous links, is Utrecht winger Gyrano Kerk.

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Last week, the Sunday Mirror (27/9/20, p. 74) reported that the Whites were close to a £10million deal for the 24-year-old and hoped to unveil him this week.

The Daily Mail, meanwhile, claimed – also on the Sunday – that Leeds were in talks with Utrecht over an £8million deal for the Dutchman.

However, the sale of right-back Sean Klaiber to Ajax on Thursday has left the Dutch club with less of a need to cash in on Kerk.

And speaking to Voetbal International, head coach John van den Brom was optimistic about Kerk’s chances of staying, suggesting the player had told him as much.

 

“What do I base that (thinking Kerk will stay) on? On what I hear from Gyrano and Jordy (Zuidam, Utrecht technical director),” said the 53-year-old.

“It was pretty serious around Gy but not at the moment. For Gy it is simply a countdown to Monday when that window closes. Then you have three months of rest – that’s how it works.

“The fact is that things always happen in the last week. You can see that with Sean and more can happen in the Dutch league. Let’s hope he stays.”

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Aside from Kerk’s impressive goal contribution record – 34 goals and 36 assists from 137 competitive appearances – the player’s speed, pace and versatility would make him a superb addition for any side, while his reported £10million price tag is not too dear.

While Van den Brom’s comments are concerning regarding Leeds’ hopes of getting their man, the latter stages of the transfer window always throw up some twists and turns – let’s see what happens over the next few days.

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