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Leeds United reportedly €7million away from securing high profile signing

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Leeds United have made a bid €28million offer to Juventus for the signing of midfielder Weston McKennie.

That’s according to a report from Gianluca Di Marzio, who says that the Italian side want a fee of €35million for the sale of the American international.

Having already strengthened defence and attack this month with Max Wober and Georginio Rutter respectively, Leeds now look to be focusing on adding to their midfield before the window closes.

Earlier this week it was reported that the Elland Road club are keen on McKennie, as a player to fill that role.

It was subsequently reported by Fabrizio Romano that Leeds have agreed personal terms with the American international, leaving it down to the two clubs to agree a fee for his sale.

Now it appears as though they may not be far away from doing that, with this update stating that Leeds have made a first offer of €28million plus add-ons to Juventus.

However, it is claimed that deal does not reach the value Juventus are demanding, which is apparently €35million.

As a result, it is thought that Leeds are not currently planning to make another bid, but that they are keen to continue negotiating, in the hope of reaching an agreement in the coming days.

This does feel like something of an encouraging update for Leeds in their pursuit of McKennie.

As things stand, there is just €7million between what they have offered, and what Juventus are currently holding out for.

However, it could be argued that the fact McKennie is ready to join Leeds, and the challenging position Juve are in at the minute amid their off-field troubles, could put them under pressure in negotiations.

With that in mind, you could understand it if there was a confidence at Leeds about being able to come to some sort of agreement with the Italian club, which could see them secure something of a coup with this signing.

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