Leeds United failed in a last-ditch attempt to sign Jose Campaña on deadline day, according to reports in Spain.
Leeds were eager to bring in a new central midfielder in the transfer window, and had been close to signing Michael Cuisance from Bayern Munich.
However, despite an £18m agreement being close, the move collapsed. A failed medical was blamed at the time, but the player has since denied this after joining Marseille on loan instead.
Campaña, who made six appearances in an unsuccessful spell with Crystal Palace back in 2013-14, has established himself as a regular starter in La Liga for Levante in recent years. He made 37 appearances in the Spanish top flight last season.
According to Super Deporte, Campaña’s agent offered Leeds the chance to sign the player earlier in the summer. And once the Cuisance deal was off the table, he became a concrete option for the West Yorkshire club.
Leeds apparently made a bid worth €15m plus add-ons during deadline day. However, there was not enough time to complete the deal.
Campaña now a target for Atletico
Even though the transfer window has now closed, Campaña could still move to a new club in the coming weeks.
Atletico Madrid have identified him as a potential replacement for Arsenal new boy Thomas Partey. Because Arsenal signed the Ghana international by activating his release clause, Atletico are allowed to sign a replacement, as per Spanish regulations.
Therefore, they want to snap up Campaña, who made his senior debut for Spain earlier this month. However, Levante want to keep the 27-year-old.