Leeds United: Whites loan bid for Spurs youngster Veljkovic on hold

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A bid by Leeds United to sign Tottenham midfielder Milos Veljkovic on loan is in the balance amid reluctance at Elland Road to guarantee the 19-year-old game time.

United targeted Veljkovic last week and were hopeful of signing him on a short-term basis ahead of Saturday’s clash with Burnley but the transfer has hit complications and is now on hold.

Leeds are understood to have asked to take Veljkovic on an initial month-long loan but Spurs, who allowed the Serbian to spend time at Middlesbrough and Charlton Athletic last season, planned to send him out for a longer, half-season spell.

The Premier League club are also believed to have looked for assurances that Veljkovic would make regular appearances during his loan at Elland Road, a commitment which Leeds were unwilling to make.

Veljkovic, who has made a handful of substitute appearances for Spurs, played six times during his loans at Boro and Charlton.

The teenager is a versatile player who can also operate at centre-back and Leeds head coach Uwe Rosler looked to him to provide cover following recent injuries to midfielders Luke Murphy and Tommaso Bianchi.

Murphy is back in full training after a knee surgery but Bianchi, who also required a knee operation, will not be fit until next month.

Rosler admitted over the weekend that a small Leeds squad needed “fortune with injuries and suspensions” but said Leeds were still in the market for new players following seven signings this summer.

“We’re always looking to improve the team, whether that’s buying a player or loaning a player with the option to buy,” Rosler said.

“When the right player become available for the right price, I think we’re still capable of doing something.”

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