Leeds make transfer decision in their pursuit of Louie Sibley and Todd Cantwell

Leeds have been priced out of moves for Derby’s Louie Sibley and Norwich’s Todd Cantwell before Friday’s domestic transfer deadline.

Leeds director of football Victor Orta has made an enquiry to Derby about Sibley, who is already established in Philip Cocu’s Rams at 19.

Orta is also tracking England Under-21 international Cantwell as he searches for the attacking midfielder Marcelo Bielsa wants.

Norwich want at least £20million to part with Cantwell, even though boss Daniel Farke has dropped him because he is unhappy with his attitude, while Derby value Sibley at around £15million.

Both fees are beyond Leeds right now after splashing out £100million in their biggest-ever transfer window and Orta will continue to monitor both players.

Sibley attracted Orta’s attention when he scored a hat-trick against their Under-23s in the Premier League Cup last November.

Sibley, who made his senior debut at 17 in August 2019, scored his first senior hat-trick against Millwall in June.

Cantwell, 22, also fits Leeds’ profile and Orta remains in the market for an attacking midfielder since Michael Cuisance’s move collapsed at the last moment.

With no more big signings happening before Friday, Orta is focused on trimming Bielsa’s squad of fringe players and Blackburn are in talks to sign Barry Douglas on loan.

Douglas, 31, has only made one appearance this season in the EFL Cup and he has slipped to become Leeds’ third-choice left-back.

Blackburn have been tracking the Scot for some time and feel he can boost their options at left-back.

Bielsa is also prepared to let versatile midfielder Robbie Gotts go out on loan, although Doncaster have ended their interest for financial reasons.

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