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Transfer Watch: Kai Wagner

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As discussed by transfer insider Dean Jones [via GiveMeSport], Philadelphia Union left-back Kai Wagner is said to be firmly on the Leeds watchlist.

Following reports from Phil Hay in The Athletic earlier this week, there is growing speculation that Leeds are eyeing up a move for Wagner. The left-back position is understood to be a priority for Leeds as the upcoming January transfer window fast approaches.

Wagner, 25, is listed as Philadelphia Union’s top performer, according to data from WhoScored.com. With 36 goal contributions in 209 senior club appearances, the defender is described by his current coach Jim Curtin as ‘talented’ and ‘very strong’.

Marsch and Leeds were reported to have held talks with Wagner during the summer transfer window, though did not succeed in getting any agreements across the line. With the German defender continuing his good form, its not a great surprise that he is on the Whites’ radar coming into the January window.

The left-back position has been something of a thorn in the side for Jesse March this season. Junior Firpo has struggled with injuries and setbacks during this first half of the 2022-23 Premier League campaign. Marsch has been forced to utilise Pascal Struijk on the left side of the defence, and despite strong performances, this has been met with calls to return Struijk to his preferred centre-back position.

As discussed earlier this week, Villarreal left-back Alfonso Pedraza has also been linked with a return to Elland Road. The Spaniard had a loan spell under at-the-time head coach Garry Monk in the later stages of the 2016-17 Championship season.

With the games coming fast and the club determined to avoid another relegation battle, Leeds fans could very well see a new face staking a claim for the starting left-back position.

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