Leeds United: Brazilian midfielder Moritz denies United deal done

Andre Moritz in action for Bolton.
Andre Moritz in action for Bolton.
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ANDRE Moritz has quelled speculation linking him with Leeds United – after being strongly linked with a move to Elland Road.

The Brazilian attacking midfielder, 27, right, who spent last season at Bolton Wanderers is mulling over his future after a year’s stint at the Reebok Stadium and could yet join up with the Trotters for the start of pre-season training at the end of this month. Leeds have also been tipped to make a move, with speculation abound that he could be heading to Elland Road, with some reports suggesting yesterday that a deal had been reached. But the player has moved to clarify matters.

He tweeted: “For all the people who are asking me, all I can say is that I haven’t signed anything yet. Do have a few offers but nothing signed. Thanks.”

Moritz had an injury-hit spell in Lancashire last season, with his best period coming around Christmas when he netted four times in seven matches.

In total, the ex-Crystal Palace man scored seven times for Dougie Freedman’s side last term. Sources close to the player also claim he has not turned down the offer tabled by the Whites back in May.

Moritz, who scored seven goals last term, is currently back home with his family mulling over the offer to stay on with Bolton for another year on similar terms to those offered to him last season.

But while the former Crystal Palace man is understood to be keen on staying in the North West, he would ideally like to find a longer deal and has put the feelers out for other English clubs.

Little is known about the extent of Leeds’ interest – although the West Yorkshire side are likely to have bigger fish to fry as they look to juggle the search for a new manager with their continuing financial issues.

They may soon be in the market for a front man, however, with Fulham, Cardiff and Norwich City said to be keen on last season’s Championship top scorer Ross McCormack.

Freedman has given his blessing to Moritz to take his time on the matter but with a fortnight remaining until his squad assemble again at Euxton for pre-season duties, he will press for a decision soon so he can sign a replacement.

Moritz has spent the last two years in England, having previously played in Turkey and Brazil.

On signing for Wanderers last summer he turned down offers from clubs in China and the USA.

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