Leeds United were being heavily linked with a move for Scottish midfielder Lewis MacLeod for January. The Scottish Sun first reported how Rangers wanted to bring the player back from Brentford, but that Leeds were also keeping tabs on the situation, last November.
The same publication reported in December that Leeds were set to follow up that interest with Samuel Saiz set to depart the club.
However, no deal ever came off with MacLeod now back in the Brentford starting XI.
But if Leeds do still want the 24-year-old, they can now get him for free.
The Scottish international will be leaving Griffin Park when his contract expires next month.
— Brentford FC (@BrentfordFC) May 7, 2019
So surely Leeds should push for a deal?
Unfortunately, that would now seem unlikely. When Leeds were keen, MacLeod was starring for Brentford.
It looked as though he had overcome his serious injury trouble and was a regular for Dean Smith.
However, Thomas Frank’s arrival and a fresh hamstring problem halted that progress. MacLeod played just one game in the Championship after the turn of the year.
Leeds United are surely not going to take a risk on such a player, especially given the workload Marcelo Bielsa puts on his squad.