Report: Leeds United looked at loaning QPR winger and England under-21 international

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Leeds United reportedly considered signing Matt Phillips and Thomas Ince.

Leeds United looked into the option of signing two Premier League wingers on loan on transfer deadline day, report the Yorkshire Evening Post.

The club made three loan additions during the window, but are still short on players in the position, and with signing imposing striker Edgar Cani, getting service into him is crucial.

The paper report: "Sources at Elland Road say United’s boss also looked at Tom Ince and Matt Phillips in the closing stages of the window."

What happened?

Leeds missed out on Ince entirely, as he left Hull City to sign with Championship joint-leaders Derby County until the end of the season.

A former under-21 player of the year in the division when at Blackpool, the England under-21 international would have been a clever addition despite an underwhelming spell at Nottingham Forest earlier in the season.

Matt Phillips however did not go anywhere, and remains a QPR player.

Can Leeds still sign Phillips?

The Football League loan window opens on Monday, and Leeds could still seek to pursue a deal for the 23-year-old Scottish international.

QPR boss Harry Redknapp resigned on Tuesday, and Phillips is unlikely to be moved on quickly as a result. The new boss, when appointed, will want to look at all players he has at his disposal, with the west London side locked into a relegation battle.

Phillips has made seven starts in all competitions this season, and five substitute appearances, but had not managed a single goal or assist, but had been out of favour - not playing a single Premier League minute in January.

The winger has Championship experience, netting three goals in 13 games during QPR's promotion campaign last season.

If Leeds bide their time, there is still a chance they can do a deal, but much will depend on a potential new start at his current club for Phillips, and his desire to stay.

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