Leeds United dealt blow in pursuit of 'outstanding' Championship ace

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Leeds United could be a real surprise package this term.

After securing promotion from the Championship last season it was expected that the Whites could struggle to adapt to life in the top tier.

Based on the evidence so far it seems that they might be okay.

Two wins from their opening four fixtures has seen Marcelo Bielsa's side propel themselves into the top half of the table, with their only defeat so far coming against Premier League champions Liverpool.

The hope now is that they can continue to impress and avoid a relegation battle at the back end of the season.

If they're to do that then a huge factor will be the club's transfer activity.

The club have already added the likes of Robin Koch, Diego Llorente, Rodrigo and Raphinha to Bielsa's squad, as they look to add top level quality to the group that secured promotion.

But it seems that Leeds aren't done yet.

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The Whites are still looking at potential additions and with around a week left in the domestic transfer window they'll be looking to strike some prompt deals.

One player who has been linked is Todd Cantwell.

The Norwich City star is attracting attention after an impressive season which saw him score seven goals in the Premier League last term.

Leeds have already had a £15m offer rejected for the midfielder, but Victor Orta is still said to be pushing for a deal.

However striking an agreement now seems unlikely.

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Football Insider have claimed that Norwich are increasingly confident that they'll be able to keep hold of the midfielder in this window.

Cantwell is reportedly keen on a move, but the finances on a deal could prove to be a sticking point in getting a deal done in the coming days.

GIVEMESPORT'S Phil Spencer says...

This is a pursuit that could rumble on until the final hours of the transfer window.

Described by Daniel Farke as 'outstanding', Todd Cantwell is a player who would be an ideal fit for Marcelo Bielsa.

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A young player with plenty of promise, the midfielder would no doubt relish working under the leadership of Bielsa who could certainly teach him a thing or two.

After impressing in the Premier League I think that Cantwell deserves another opportunity to show what he can do - particularly if he's part of a better team than Norwich were.

Whether a deal will come to fruition remains to be seen, and you have to say that the more time that passes means the less likely that a deal will ultimately come off.

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