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Fresh competition emerges as Leeds United push for January target

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Leeds United are reportedly still interested in signing Manchester City winger Ian Poveda but fresh competition has emerged in the form of Italian side Parma. 

Leeds saw Tottenham Hotspur loanee Jack Clarke recalled by his parent club ahead of the January transfer window.

The Whites are understood to see Poveda as a replacement for Clarke and it was reported previously that they were close to securing a deal for the teenager, which is expected to be permanent either in January or in the summer.

The London-born winger’s contract with Manchester City is set to expire in the summer and, according to a report from Italian site Toro.it, Leeds remain interested but they’re not the only club.

The report has suggested that as well as Torino, who have been linked in the past, Parma, are also keen on signing Poveda.

The 19-year-old has made just one appearance for the Citizens but has significant experience for their age-group sides.

Poveda has made 37 appearances for the City U23s (scoring six goals and providing eight assists) and 32 appearances for the U18s (nine goals and five assists).

However, it is understood that the Leeds hierarchy believe he is ready for the Championship now and will look to put him straight into Marcelo Bielsa’s first-team squad.

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The Verdict

This will likely be a frustrating update for Leeds fans as it appears they face more competition to sign Poveda.

It may be difficult for the Championship club as the clubs they’re up against can guarantee top-flight European football.

With Clarke and Eddie Nketiah departing, the Whites need to add some more attacking reinforcements this month.

So far, the Yorkshire club’s only signing has been teenage goalkeeper Elia Caprile and with 10 days left of the transfer window you could understand if some fans are starting to get frustrated.


Bristol-born, London-based sports journalist at Snack Media. University of Brighton and NA graduate

ScoopDragon Football News Network

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