Leeds 'likely to pursue' 176-game star as Phillips replacement at Elland Road

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Leeds United are ‘likely to pursue’ RB Leipzig defensive midfielder Tyler Adams as Elland Road favourite Kalvin Phillips nears his exit for Manchester City, according to Daily Express journalist Ryan Taylor.

Phillips appears to be on the brink of joining the Premier League champions after an agreement worth up to £45million was reached on Friday, but Marsch has already set his sights on securing Adams’ services.

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What’s the latest news involving Adams?

According to respected German journalist Florian Plettenberg, Leeds are mulling over whether to pounce for Adams.

The Whites have already been successful when trying to lure stars away from Leipzig’s sister club Red Bull Salzburg after signing Brenden Aaronson and Rasmus Kristensen during the early stages of the transfer window.

It seems a move for Adams, who has been described as ‘elite’, could prove to be fruitful as well as Plettenberg has revealed Leipzig are eager to find a buyer.

That is despite the 23-year-old making 36 appearances for his current employers last season, while he also chalked up a solitary assist.

However, Leipzig’s wish to sell Adams does not necessarily mean it will be easy for Leeds to strike a deal as the Bundesliga giants are in a strong negotiating position thanks to the midfielder still having three years remaining on his £38,000-per-week contract.

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What has Ryan Taylor said about Adams?

Taylor expects Leeds to head to Germany with a bid for Adams, who is valued at £15.3million by Transfermarkt.

The journalist feels the Whites’ recent negotiations for Aaronson and Kristensen could prove beneficial as they attempt to get a deal over the line.

Taylor told GIVEMESPORT: “I think Adams would be more of a concrete target and one they’re likely to pursue.

“Obviously, they’ve done a fair bit of business with the Red Bull clubs this summer already, with Kristensen and Aaronson, so there’s a relationship there.”

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Why is Adams on Marsch’s radar?

Marsch, who has been in the Elland Road dugout since his appointment in February, is clearly a huge fan of Adams as he previously described his fellow countryman as ‘a special talent’ and claimed ‘the ceiling for him is massive’.

The 30-cap United States international is a star Marsch knows well, having selected him 71 times during his time in charge of Leipzig and New York Red Bulls.

Therefore, making a move for Adams – who has made 176 appearances over the course of his senior club career – could make sense for the Leeds chief.

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