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Manager issues clear verdict on future of reported Leeds United, Newcastle target

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It seems Leeds United have yet to make a move to secure the services of Lens midfielder Seko Fofana.

That’s after Lens manager Franck Haise claimed there has so far been nothing to suggest that the 26-year-old will leave the club this month.

With a new midfielder seemingly remaining a priority for Leeds in the transfer window, Fofana is one of the names to have emerged as a potential target for the club.

Recent reports from FootMercato have claimed that both Leeds and Newcastle are taking an interest in the Ivory Coast international, who has not been called up for this month’s Africa Cup of Nations.

Meanwhile, the Daily Mail has claimed that Burnley are in talks over a deal for the 26-year-old, who is apparently valued at £14million.

Now however, it seems that Haise is unconcerned by those claims, and does now believe the midfielder will be on the move as things stand.

Speaking about that speculation around Fofana’s future, the Lens manager told French outlet Jeunes Footeaux: “It doesn’t bother me at all. Because it’s one of the things that happens every winter.

“For Seko, I don’t have the feeling that it is concerns him a lot. He knows what it is, we all know it. There isn’t much at the moment (to suggest he’s leaving).” 

You can understand why Haise is taking this sort of approach with regards to Fofana’s future.

It is inevitable that most players who are in form are going to become the subject of speculation any time a transfer window comes around.

As a result, this, as Haise says, is nothing new, meaning that unless a bid is to come in, this is unlikely to be something for him to really be worried about.

Indeed, with two-and-a-half years remaining on Fofana’s contract, Lens are under no huge pressure to sell anyway, meaning their manager’s confidence here may well be justified.

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