Yesterday, German media sources said the Leeds United were interested in VfB Stuttgart’s Romanian playmaker Alexandru Maxim. However the case may not be as clear cut as it first seems.
26-year-old Maxim has featured in 16 2.Bundesliga games for Stuttgart this season, contributing with two goals and five assists. The player also has a wealth of experience in Germany’s top flight, making 91 Bundesliga appearances, scoring 11 goals and assisting a further 25.
Maxim also has 27 international caps for Romania, the last time he was involved was as an unused substitute in a 3-0 loss against Poland on November 11 last year.
The German publication, Zeitungsverlag Waiblingen, mentioned that there was Leeds United interest, something which when reported gained more than a modicum of interest amongst Leeds fans. However, Bundesliga reporter Jonny Walsh (@jonathanwalsh_) retweeted a post that mentions a refutation, of sorts, from Maxim’s agent Herbert Briem.
The original tweet from the VfB Transfers account (@VfBTransfers) says that Bliem, Alexandru Maxim’s agent, confirmed talks but stressed that the were “loose talks” and that a winter transfer, during this window, was seen as “unlikely”.
Maxim was first subject to interest from Garry Monk, when Monk was manager at Swansea, however nothing materialised. Leeds are looking for ways to strengthen their hopes of promotion from the Sky Bet Championship after a good opening half to the 2016/17 campaign that sees the Whites nestled in fifth place in the table and on a good run of form.
However, with the talks only being of a “loose” nature, and with a winter arrival looking “unlikely”, then the Whites may have to turn their attention to other reported signings such as West Ham’s Ashley Fletcher, Middlesbrough’s David Nugent or making sure current loanees Pontus Jansson, Kyle Bartley and Pablo Hernández have their situations sorted out.