Championship outfit Leeds United have missed out on landing attacking target Alexandru Maxim, according to SEG Football on Twitter.
The 26-year-old moved to Bundesliga side Stuttgart back in 2013, and went on to score 17 goals and lay on 35 assists in 131 games for the club, with his best campaign coming back in 2013/14, where he scored seven times and laid on 12 assists to help the side to a 15th place finish in the German top-flight.
However, the Romania international was in and out of the side last term in their run to the 2. Bundesliga title, and his lack of first team football attracted the attention of several sides around the continent, one of which reportedly was Leeds United.
And the Yorkshire outfit even held talks with Maxim over a potential move to Elland Road, however recent reports suggest that they have fallen short in their quest to land the winger, as Mainz have reportedly clinched a deal to sign the £2.13 million-rated attacker (as per Transfermarkt).
This will surely come as a blow to new head coach Thomas Christiansen, who be thinking about how he can improve his squad so that they can sustain a push for promotion next season.
Leeds finished seventh and five points adrift of the play-off positions last term under Garry Monk, but were lodged inside the top six for much of the campaign to suggest that this side is capable of competing near the upper echelons of the division.
And given Maxim’s recent exploits, with 35 assists in his last four seasons, he may well have made a big difference creatively, but the Yorkshire outfit will now have to turn their attentions to other targets.
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