Leeds’ chief confirms Cantwell interest

Norwich City youngster Todd Cantwell is a player Leeds have looked at 
Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Norwich City youngster Todd Cantwell is a player Leeds have looked at Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Paul Chesterton

Leeds United director of football, Victor Orta, has confirmed the Premier League new boys have Norwich City midfielder Todd Cantwell on their radar.

Cantwell has been touted with Marcelo Bielsa’s side for weeks, although there has been no firm move from the Whites for the attacking midfielder ahead of Friday’s 5pm domestic transfer deadline.

Now Orta has sat down with the Yorkshire Evening Post to map out his club’s transfer strategy, and comment publicly on the links to both Cantwell and Derby youngster Louie Sibley.

Leeds pulled out of a move for Bayern Munich’s highly rated attacking midfielder Michael Cuisance, reportedly over issues around his medical, and Orta has suggested Bielsa is content to keep a watching brief in the closing days of the domestic window.

“We analyse all the players,” he said, when pressed on whether there has been any moves for Cantwell or Sibley. “We know them really well, their clubs were our rivals, we analysed (Cantwell) in the Premier League. But it’s like a lot of players we’ve analysed.

“It’s difficult. They are players we analysed, we have information and then we need to think about the possibility. We are analysing but obviously the market is greatly reduced now. Even for us it’s difficult to evaluate clearly one point of view. The availability is reduced from the other (international) market.

“We are always focused on information, managing it, analysing players, their availability, staying updated.

“That could be useful for the winter market. We need to put in practice the usefulness of the knowledge.

“When we analysed the (international) market we detected that with the requirements we have for this position, if a player is not realistic over all the requirements, bringing in a player for the sake of bringing in a player is not clever.

“It can be worse. We prefer to bring in a good player.”

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