Leeds United looking to offload returning Pawel Cibicki amidst MLS interest

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Pawel Cibicki could be offered a move to Major League Soccer in January with Leeds United ready to listen to fresh bids for the forward.

Cibicki is understood to be attracting interest from at least one MLS club amid plans by Leeds to move him off the books when the transfer window opens.

Leeds United looking to get Pawel Cibicki off the books in January.

Leeds United looking to get Pawel Cibicki off the books in January.

The 24-year-old left Elland in July for a half-season loan at Norwegian club Molde, a deal which officially runs until next month but is effectively over after the conclusion of Molde’s domestic season.

Cibicki had no place in the plans of Marcelo Bielsa during the summer and is not expected to be given an opportunity by United’s head coach during the second half of Leeds’ Championship term.

The forward is 18 months into a four-year contract at Elland Road having arrived from Malmo in August 2017 but he played just 10 times last season and struggled to make the bench during the term’s closing months.

Bielsa saw him as surplus to requirements after taking charge of Leeds in June and does not intend to integrate Cibicki back into his existing squad.

A permanent switch to the USA is likely to be one of the options in front of Cibicki next month, while Molde are thought to be considering the possibility of re-signing him for the start of the new Norwegian campaign in March.

He played regularly for Molde, who are managed by former Manchester United striker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, and claimed three goals in 13 games.

Solskjaer indicated last week that he expected Cibicki to get another chance under Bielsa, telling Norwegian outlet Rbnett: “He will get a new opportunity in Leeds. Those are his employers and they are an exciting club at the moment.”