Leeds United: Foxes defender Moore still on Rosler’s radar

Leicester City's Liam Moore.
Leicester City's Liam Moore.
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Uwe Rosler is vying with a number of other Championship bosses for the last-minute loan signing of Leicester City defender Liam Moore.

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The centre-back was watched by United’s head coach during Leicester’s League Cup win over Bury on Tuesday and he is one of the targets who Leeds could move for in the days before next week’s transfer deadline.

Moore came onto Rosler’s radar at the start of the summer after Leicester made it clear that they were happy to allow the 22-year-old to head out of the King Power Stadium on a season-long loan.

Rosler also considered other centre-backs and United have not pushed to strike a deal for Moore yet but Rosler’s presence at Gigg Lane on Tuesday confirmed that his interest has not faded.

The prospect of a bid for Moore comes at a time when another of Leeds’ centre-backs, Giuseppe Bellusci, appears to be attracting attention from clubs in Italy.

The YEP understands that United are unlikely to bring in another central defender unless one leaves the club.

Rosler has Bellusci, Sol Bamba and Liam Cooper available to him but wants to strengthen that area of his team before the transfer deadline passes at 6pm on Tuesday.

Several other sides are keen on Moore and the defender suggested earlier in the summer that he was ready to accept a move on loan to the Championship.

Moore, who played briefly under Rosler at Brentford in 2013, was rarely used by Leicester in the second half of last season and his outing in the second round of the League Cup on Tuesday night was his first of this season. Leicester boss Claudio Ranieiri used him at right-back.

Speaking in June, the England Under-21 international said: “I’m a player who needs to be playing. For me to get to the point I want to be in my career it has to be playing regularly just to get that experience.

“The Championship is a really good standard and it’s something that is in the back of my mind. You can only learn so much on the training pitch. I’m eager to learn so if that means more game-time in the Championship then so be it.”

Leicester are not willing to listen to permanent offers for Moore and will demand a loan fee for his services.

United, meanwhile, have also been linked with Nottingham Forest’s Jack Hobbs, though sources at Elland Road moved to deny claims that they had tabled a bid for the 27-year-old yesterday.

While Rosler thinks about a new centre-back, Leeds are continuing to weigh up their next move after failing to complete a quick deal to take striker Fernando Forestieri from Watford.

United agreed a fee of around £3m with Watford last week but Forestieri refused to rush into the transfer and he has featured in Watford’s squad for their last two matches as talks with Leeds continued.

The Premier League club named him on the bench for a 0-0 draw at Southampton on Sunday and Forestieri completed 90 minutes of a League Cup defeat to Preston North End at Deepdale on Tuesday.

Watford’s head coach, Enrique Sanchez Flores, implied that he was in no hurry to lose Forestieri this month, saying: “Forestieri for me is the kind of player who can stay in the squad.

“We have players who in the last year participated a lot and players who have not participated as much. We will give all players an opportunity until the last moment.”

The situation surrounding Anthony Limbombe also remains unchanged, though the Belgian’s club, NEC Nijmegen, appear to be clearing the way for his departure with a spate of new signings.

Limbombe – the scorer of 14 goals in NEC’s second division title-winning campaign last season – is likely to cost more than £2m and Leeds have held their ground since bidding £1.5m for him at the start of the month.

NEC director Bart van Ingen admitted over the weekend that the club would sell Limbombe if they received an offer “at the level we want”.

Chris Wood scoresa late in the first half to make reduce the deficit to 3-1 at home to Norwich last season. Picture: Varley.

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