Leeds lodge £15m Todd Cantwell bid as Norwich leave star out of matchday squad

Leeds United have reportedly launched a £15million bid for Norwich City midfielder Todd Cantwell.

Marcelo Bielsa is still in the market for another midfielder, with the publicised chase of Rodrigo de Paul hitting a stumbling block.

Cantwell is on Bielsa’s radar and Football Insider report that Leeds have firmed up their interest by lodging an official bid.

Norwich had started the 22-year-old in their opening Championship games, but Daniel Farke has left him out of their squad for Sunday’s clash against Bournemouth.

It is claimed the decision to omit Cantwell is based on tactics, rather than an imminent transfer.

He has two years left on his deal at Carrow Road after penning a new contract last summer.

Leeds have scouted Cantwell extensively and could be paired with Kalvin Phillips in the middle of the park.

Meanwhile, Mail Sport suggest that the Whites have opened talks with FC Utrecht over a deal for winger Gyrano Kerk.

A versatile forward, Kerk netted 11 goals last season and Leeds have reportedly bid £8m him.

Diego Llotente became Leeds’ newest arrival in midweek, with the Spanish international making the switch from Real Sociedad.

He joins the likes of Robin Koch and Rodrigo in bolstering Bielsa’s squad for their first season back in the top flight.

Bielsa has hinted that there could still be some more arrivals before the October 5 deadline.

He said: “There is likely to be a couple of incorporation into the team, but if they don’t come. We will adapt.

“In the case of Rodrigo Moreno, when I was at Lazio and maybe at other clubs where I have worked, we tried to sign him and he had better options than the one we were proposing. Logically, which I think is natural, he chose other clubs.

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“So I think when a player comes to Leeds, he comes to Leeds for Leeds. I prefer to talk about signings if they are made.”

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