Leeds informed of price tag on top midfield target as Friday deadline nears

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Derby County have placed a price tag of £10m on Leeds United target Louie Sibley ahead of Friday’s domestic transfer deadline, claims a report.

Leeds have more than an interest in the 19-year-old midfielder and are evaluating whether to make a move ahead of the weekend.

Recruitment chief Victor Orta speaking in an interview with the Yorkshire Evening Post has admitted that both Sibley and Todd Cantwell have been “monitored” by the club.

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The interest in Sibley though has gone further with the paper claiming United have gone “as far as making enquiries” for the attack-minded midfielder.

“We are analysing but obviously the market is greatly reduced now,” Orta told The YEP.

“Even for us it’s difficult to evaluate clearly one point of view. The availability is reduced from the other market.”

“We analyse all the players.

“We know them really well, their clubs were our rivals, we analysed [Cantwell] in the Premier League. But it’s like a lot of players we’ve analysed.

Sibley the preferred target

“It’s difficult. They are players we analysed, we have information and then we need to think about the possibility.”

Now Football Insider claim that a Derby source has told them that the Rams want a minimum of £10m for Sibley.

It’s not clear whether Derby would accept the payment in instalments or a deal made up of add-ons.

Sibley played 11 times last season and has made three Championship appearances this term, but he is now thought to be Marcelo Bielsa’s preferred target.

He scored a hat-trick against Leeds Under 23s last season, but his league experience is nominal and Leeds are weighing up a move for him.

Leeds are believed to have made a £15m offer for Cantwell, which was rejected and Leeds have now switched their attention to Sibley.

The Derby man is thought to offer more value for money and the report claims Bielsa is excited about developing the player.

Just as he did with Ben White last season and has done with Jack Harrison for two seasons.