Leeds must pull out all the stops and try to hijack Championship rivals Huddersfield Town’s move for Reece Brown.
Brown, 23, joined Forest Green from Birmingham and enjoyed a standout season, scoring 11 goals and adding 15 assists.
That got him on the radars of a number of clubs, including Leeds who entered talks to sign the attacker as soon as they were knocked out of the play-offs, according to Football Insider.
The versatile player, who has featured up front, on both wings, and in the middle for Forest Green this season, is out of contract in June and would be available for a small compensation fee.
Leeds wanted to know what this would be to avoid a tribunal, however, according to Sporting Life journalist Tom Cardnuff, Huddersfield Town are now on the verge of signing the playmaker.
That would be a big loss for Leeds. Brown is exactly the sort of player Leeds need this summer. He’s young, ready to be shaped by Marcelo Bielsa and available for a snip.
Money is tight at Elland Road this summer and Victor Orta and Bielsa should be doing everything they can to stop a young talent that they want being snapped up by a rival.
Huddersfield might have the luxury of parachute payments but Leeds are surely a more attractive destination for the youngster. If Leeds want him, though, they need to act now.