With the domestic transfer window closing today, Marcelo Bielsa failed to make a successful move for either player.
Having bolstered his squad over the summer, the Argentine coach has spent just under the £100m mark, agreeing terms with the likes of Rodrigo Moreno and Diego Llorente from Valencia and Real Sociedad respectively.
Despite plentiful speculation and a claim from Italian journalist Nicolo Schira that Cantwell had agreed personal terms, Sky Sports subsequently reported that no offer had been made by Leeds ahead of deadline day.
Also linked with a potential move for Sibley, it had emerged that Leeds were interested in the England under-20 international, but a deal did not go through before the transfer deadline.
What has Phil Hay said on Leeds’ interest in Cantwell and Sibley?
Speaking on his latest Podcast episode, Hay spoke about a potential future move for both Cantwell and Sibley from Leeds.
“People will have seen the links to Todd Cantwell which blew up a couple of weeks ago and, also, links to Louie Sibley, the young midfielder at Derby,” said the former Yorkshire Evening Post journalist.
“Sibley, in particular, fits in the mould of what they would want to look for but finances are going to be an issue. They’ve already committed a huge amount of money to the transfer window – £100million, in theory.
“Neither Cantwell nor Sibley are going to come cheap and there hasn’t been any evidence of movement this week. It hasn’t seemed that Leeds seriously thought either of those deals would happen.
“If neither player goes elsewhere – and there doesn’t seem to be anything in the offing for Cantwell and Derby are very resistant to losing Sibley – then they’re players who can be revisited in January or potentially next summer.
“In terms of incomings, it does feel that Leeds are done.”
Have Leeds done enough business this summer?
Despite missing out on the Championship pair, it certainly looks like that Leeds have done enough transfer business, especially after starting the season in such good form.
The Yorkshire side have acquitted themselves well back in the Premier League and missing out on Cantwell and Sibley this time round should not be regarded as a major setback.
If either or both can be signed in January or even next summer, Bielsa will have pulled off some more astute business for the Whites.
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