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Report: Leeds United director of football Victor Orta leading charge for late Danny Loader swoop

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Report: Leeds United director of football Victor Orta leading charge for late Danny Loader swoop

The 19-year-old is available after leaving Reading at the end of his contract.

Leeds United director of football Victor Orta is reportedly hopeful of pulling off a late swoop to sign Danny Loader after his recent release from Reading. 

The England youth international refused to sign a new deal at the Berkshire club and is now available for a potential compensation fee to Leeds United. 

The Whites have been linked before but it seemed Loader was heading elsewhere. 

As reported by the Daily Mail, Crystal Palace or Portuguese giants Porto seemed his most likely destination. The latter were said to be offering the 19-year-old a three-year deal worth in the region of £1 million-a-year. 

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The report from the Mail claims that Orta has personally targeted the teenager, considering him a potentially key signing ahead of Leeds return to the Premier League. 

 

Leeds are in need of a new striker to support Patrick Bamford up front, although a 19-year-old with no Premier League experience would not necessarily fill the Elland Road faithful with support. 

Loader has been linked with a host of different clubs over the past few months and Leeds are just one of the teams to have found their names associated with the striker. 

So, Leeds fans will rightly treat this latest speculation with a grain of salt.

However, Loader could end up being a great deal for the future if Orta does in fact get him to make a Thorp Arch switch. 

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