Leeds rival West Brom for Delph, but City look unlikely to budge

Date published: Monday 16th January 2017 9:39

Fabian Delph: Subject of Leeds 'approach'

Leeds United have reportedly joined West Brom in an effort to prise Fabian Delph away from Manchester City on loan – though a move for the player appears unlikely.

Garry Monk’s promotion-chasers have reportedly made enquiries to City to see if they would consider allowing the midfielder to leave the club on a temporary basis, as he strives to recover from a groin injury.

But with West Brom also making an approach for the player following their failure to land Morgan Schneiderlin from Manchester United, City boss Pep Guardiola is reported to have told the Baggies he wishes to keep the player at the Etihad for the time being at least.

Initially it was thought there might be scope for a deal during the current window, with Guardiola blessed with an array of midfield talent ahead of Delph in the pecking order.

But City’s dip in form, coupled with serious injuries and suspensions in midfield has prompted the Spaniard to take a closer at Delph, who has not featured in the Premier League since August.

It’s thought City now have no interest in a permanent sale or even a loan with Guardiola intent on seeing more of Delph, who has missed much of the campaign with a groin injury.

Delph, who cost City £8million when signing from Aston Villa in the summer of 2015, started his career at Elland Road, before making the move to Villa Park in the summer of 2009.

Delph has already made a loan return to Leeds when he rejoined the club on loan in January 2012 and would reportedly be open to a third stint at Elland Road, especially given the club’s run of form this season.

But with Guardiola intent on keeping Delph, a loan move, for now, appears unlikely.

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