Heartbreaking Leeds exit now more likely with advanced talks underway for replacement

It has been a tough summer for Leeds United with multiple players leaving the club following their relegation from the Premier League into the Championship.

And that tough summer has translated onto the pitch during Daniel Farke’s first few matches in charge. The Whites are winless in their opening three Championship games so far in the current campaign, drawing twice and losing once.

However, it now seems as if they are finally set for some good news in the transfer market. Having already announced the signing of Joel Piroe from Swansea City, they are now in advanced talks over another deal, although that could spell the end of the road for a separate player at the club.View Tweet

As reported by reliable journalist David Ornstein via Twitter (25 August), Leeds have made an offer of £8.5million for Genk winger Joseph Paintsil, with the player willing to make the switch from Belgium to England.

“Paintsil has told Genk his preference is to join Leeds and personal terms for the 25-year-old Ghana international would not be an issue,” Ornstein wrote in The Athletic’s transfer column (25 August).

Of course, with Paintsil being a winger, this could mean that Luis Sinisterra might be making the switch away from Elland Road, in order to make space both in the squad and on the books for the player from Genk.

As reported by the Yorkshire Evening Post (24 August), Sinisterra is back in first-team training, as confirmed by Farke himself, after some confusion surrounding his contractual situation and future at the club, which has been ongoing.

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Nonetheless, while he is now back in contention, the arrival of Paintsil could very quickly change that. The budget is tight in West Yorkshire at the moment and there isn’t room for plenty of players on big money.

The Colombian arrived from Feyenoord just last summer, and despite being relegated with the club, performed well, scoring five times in just over 800 minutes of Premier League football.

Injuries limited his playing time severely, and it meant supporters never had a chance to see what he could truly do. Had he been fit more often, Leeds’ season might have ended differently.

While his true potential might never be discovered if he does leave, should Paintsil arrive at the club and hit the ground running, Sinisterra will be quickly forgotten.