Leeds transfer chief Victor Orta drops Todd Cantwell hint ahead of Friday deadline

Leeds sporting director Victor Orta has confirmed the club are looking at the “possibility” of trying to sign Todd Cantwell from Norwich before the domestic window closes on October 16. Leeds have been busy this summer trying to bolster Marcelo Bielsa’s squad for the first season back in the Premier League since 2004.

And they’ve spent just under £100million on new recruits, including Spanish duo Rodrigo and Diego Llorente.

Raphinha was also signed on the final day of the European transfer window from Rennes.

But Leeds still have an opportunity to make more changes to their squad with the domestic window open until October 16.

Cantwell has been linked with a return to the Premier League all summer long and Leeds have been the most keen on making a deal happen.

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Norwich value the midfielder at £20m while Leeds reportedly tabled a bid worth £15m at the back end of last month.

Time is running out for Leeds to strike a deal, but Orta has confirmed Cantwell is among several players Leeds are still looking at to see if a move can be done.

“We analyse all the players,” he told Yorkshire Evening Post.

“We know them really well, their clubs were our rivals, we analysed [Cantwell] in the Premier League. But it’s like a lot of players we’ve analysed.


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“It’s difficult.

“They are players we analysed, we have information and then we need to think about the possibility.”

Leeds have already proved their interest in signing a midfielder after moving for Michael Cuisance.

An agreement was in place with the Frenchman undergoing a medical at Elland Road, only for the deal to break down at the eleventh hour.

Orta admitted it was “disappointing” that a move failed to materialise.

But he was insistent that an alternative option will only be signed if the right player is available for what they’re willing to spend.

“When we analysed the market we detected that with the requirements we have for this position, if a player is not realistic over all the requirements, bringing in a player for the sake of bringing in a player is not clever,” Orta added.

“It can be worse. We prefer to bring in a good player.”

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