Leeds United are keen to take Liverpool forward Ben Woodburn on loan till the end of the campaign as manager Thomas Christiansen looks to bolster his attacking ranks.
However, they are set to be dealt a blow in their pursuit of the 18-year-old following recent comments from Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp.
With the Merseyside giants yet to replace Philippe Coutinho and Daniel Sturridge seemingly on his way out, Woodburn is seen as an integral member of the squad, with attacking depth a huge concern to the German tactician as his side compete on 3 fronts.
Klopp recently revealed as regards a loan deal for the teenager: “There’s no rush in it. It’s nice that clubs are asking for him already, but Ben had enough games so far. He played in different competitions, the UEFA Youth League, the U23s and had games with us.
“In all the sessions he is improving constantly. That we think we would miss him in our training group – with this quality squad – is maybe the biggest compliment you can give to him.”
Leeds aren’t the only ones linked with the Wales international, as Championship rivals Bristol City and Sunderland are also keeping tabs, with the latter considered favorites given that erstwhile Wales boss Chris Coleman is now their manager.
A forward is still of top priority to Christiansen, but he will now have to look elsewhere for the attacking firepower Leeds badly need for the remainder of the campaign.
Without a doubt, Woodburn would have been a great loan addition given the eye-catching qualities he brings to the table.