According to a Football Insider report, Leeds United are ready to admit defeat in their pursuit of Liverpool wingers Harry Wilson and Ryan Kent.
Both players enjoyed fruitful spells out on loan with Derby County and Rangers respectively but neither are set to be loaned out again with only permanent deals a possibility.
And with Wilson valued at £25million and Kent at £10million at least, according to the report, Leeds face very little chance of securing a deal for either player.
During his spell with the Rams, Wilson scored 18 times in all competitions and assisting six more for his teammates, helping Frank Lampard’s side to reach the Championship play-off final.
Kent also had an excellent spell with Rangers, scoring six and assisting six in 23 SPL appearances as Steven Gerrard’s side pushed Celtic close for the Scottish title.
So, just how big a blow is this latest update to the Whites?
“It’s a frustrating blow.
“Wilson and Kent have already shown that they are players with real quality and could have been key players to build a team around next season for Leeds.
“I think they’ll look to alternatives like Costa now though, which is a decent enough option to have.
“Leeds need to sign players, and fast, otherwise they’ll struggle to win promotion next season in my opinion.”
“These two were not the only options Leeds have been linked with in their search for an attacking midfielder recently, so all is not yet lost in that respect.
“If they are able to bring in someone like Helder Costa, who has Championship title winning experience, then Wilson and Kent could soon be forgotten about around Elland Road.”
“I don’t think it is too much of a blow as they were never realistic targets anyway.
“It would have been a coup from Leeds to get one or both of them on loan, but that was never likely to happen given the interest from elsewhere, and Liverpool’s asking price for Kent.
“It is a blow in the sense that they would have been wonderful players to have, but there are still plenty of options open to Leeds and if they get Helder Costa then they will quickly forget about these two.”
“Wilson or Kent would’ve been great signings for Leeds considering their seasons last year, but in all honesty, it’s not surprising they haven’t been able to get them over the line – so I wouldn’t call it a big blow.
“Either player would add some real quality to that Leeds side, and perhaps take some pressure off Hernandez for scoring from wide positions, who is now 34.
“But ultimately, with Kent having such a good season at Rangers and Wilson looking like he will join a Premier League side then either signing would have been a coup. I’m sure Leeds will have many other targets to pursue.”