Leeds United will reportedly miss out on the signing of Reading forward, Danny Loader, according to a report from the Reading Chronicle.
The Whites had reportedly made a late play to sign the teenager last week, with the Daily Mail claiming that Victor Orta was attempting to convince Loader to move to Elland Road.
But it would appear that Orta’s efforts have been in vain and Loader will now choose between FC Porto and Sporting Lisbon for his next move.
Loader came close to joining Wolves last summer but the move fell through at the last minute, leaving the striker still in Berkshire. But the teenager will now get his wish with a big move to Portugal, giving him the ideal chance to try and get some first-team minutes under his belt.
Despite being highly-sought after, Loader has only actually managed two senior goals for Reading. He’ll be hoping, then, that the goals flow a bit more regularly once he completes his move to mainland Europe.
A shame for Leeds but always a chance at a future move for Loader – TBR View
While it’s a shame for Leeds to miss out on young talent like Loader, it’s also not the end of the world given they’ve just won promotion to the Premier League.
Yes, he’d have been a good addition and a long-term project for the club to work on. But would he have impacted things immediately and helped them stay in the Premier League? Probably not.
Loader will be back one day in England you’d assume. He might well develop well in Portugal and come and have a second crack at the English game as a more well-rounded player. Leeds, then, will no doubt keep monitoring the situation.