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Weston McKennie to Leeds: Fabrizio Romano reveals player has agreed to sign with two hurdles left for Orta to clear

Juventus's USA midfielder Weston McKennie controls the ball during Serie A football match between Spezia and Juventus at the Alberto Picco Stadium, La Spezia

Leeds United are reportedly growing in belief they can pull off the signing of Weston McKennie with Fabrizio Romano revealing the player has now agreed on the move to Elland Road.

The Whites – currently just a point clear of the relegation zone – have moved with conviction this month to strengthen their squad. Last January, Leeds failed to sign any players and that inactivity almost contributed towards relegation.

Thankfully for Leeds, they pulled off a final day escape and are looking to learn lessons this time around. Indeed, amid another fight for survival, Leeds have acted swiftly to sign left-sided defender Maximilian Wober and forward Georginio Rutter.

Wober has already made his impact felt, producing a man of the match display in Sunday’s draw with Brentford.

And Leeds will hope to see a quick return from club record signing Rutter after admitting more ammunition to their attack.

However, there remains room for more additions at Leeds and it is in midfield where Leeds are turning next.

With Mateusz Klich having departed for DC United, Leeds do lack cover and competition for Tyler Adams and Marc Roca.

They had initially targeted a move for Azzedine Ounahi, following his starring role at the World Cup with Morocco. However, the Angers star now seems destined for Napoli – and Leeds are turning their focus firmly on McKennie.

The USA star is reportedly up for sale at Juventus following their recent 15-point deduction for transfer irregularities. That will almost certainly condemn Juventus to a season without European football, meaning players will have to be sacrificed.

And trusted reporters Florian Plettenberg and Romano both revealed that Leeds are in talks over McKennie.

McKennie talks to Jesse Marsch and agrees personal terms

Now Romano has provided a significant update that further suggests McKennie could soon become a Leeds player.

And the trusted reporter claims the USA star has now agreed personal terms with Leeds on the move.

While the exact nature of the agreement remains unknown, Leeds at least now know that the player is keen to sign.

CBS reporter Ben Jacobs provides further insight too. He claims McKennie has already spoken to both Jesse Marsch and Adams about a potential move. And it seems the two men have convinced their compatriot to join Leeds’ US band of brothers at Elland Road.

However, Jacobs warns Leeds that Juventus are unwilling to negotiate a cut-price fee for the midfielder.

As such, that remains the next hurdle for Leeds to overcome if they are to pull off the signing.

Per reports, the Bianconeri are seeking at least £26.5m (€30m) for the midfielder. And with Juve also reportedly offering him around other Premier League sides, including Aston Villa, they reportedly hope to fetch as much as £35.4m (€40m) for McKennie.

Nonetheless, Leeds remain the driving seat and Romano claims that discussions will continue between the two clubs over a deal.

Should transfer conditions be reached with Juventus, McKennie will then travel to Leeds for a medical. And should that pass without a hitch, Leeds will then be able to add McKennie to their midfield mix.

Having seen him form an excellent partnership with Adams at the World Cup, Leeds fans will hope that may soon be recreated in West Yorkshire.

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