Report: Leeds rule out signing winger Brandon Barker due to Cellino's reluctance

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Leeds have reportedly ended their interest in Manchester City's Brandon Barker.

According to the Yorkshire Evening Post, Leeds United have ended their interest in signing Manchester City winger Brandon Barker - because they would only loan the player out.

The Whites, under new manager Uwe Rosler, have brought in the likes of Ross Turnbull, Sol Bamba, Tom Adeyemi, Lee Erwin and Chris Wood to strengthen their squad this summer.

However, Rosler still needs to add at least one new winger, with Leeds lacking players who can play on the flanks - a problem if Rosler wants to play the 4-3-3 system he had so much success with at Brentford.

Despite needing a winger, the Yorkshire Evening Post report that Leeds have ruled out a move to sign Manchester City youngster Brandon Barker.

Barker, 18, has come up through the ranks at City and has shown glimpses of his potential during pre-season games for Manuel Pellegrini's side, but with first team football unlikely, the teenage winger needs a loan spell this season.

However, he won't be moving to Elland Road, as the Yorkshire Evening Post report that Leeds chairman Massimo Cellino has ruled out a move for Barker due to the fact that City will only loan the winger out and not sell him.

Cellino is allegedly reluctant to sign players on loan that have no possibility of signing permanently, as he feels that Leeds would just be training another team's player - something he isn't keen on.

Whether it's on loan or permanent, Leeds need to find a winger ahead of the new Championship season, with the big kick off against Burnley just over a week away.

Manager Rosler has experimented with Casper Sloth and Souleymane Doukara out wide, but neither are natural wide men, meaning Leeds must bring in at least one winger to give Rosler the balance he needs in his side.

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