Paul Raynor confirms Leeds' pursuit of Marcus Maddison after Peterborough claim interest

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Leeds United assistant Paul Raynor has admitted that Steve Evans likes Peterborough playmaker Marcus Maddison.

Leeds United assistant manager Paul Raynor has told BBC Radio Leeds that the club have an interest in Peterborough playmaker Marcus Maddison.

The Whites are in the market for new players, as even after landing Middlesbrough winger Mustapha Carayol on loan until the end of the season, boss Steve Evans still needs more quality in the final third.

Reports from the Peterborough Telegraph on Thursday suggested that Leeds are attempting to sign Peterborough playmaker Marcus Maddison, but faced competition from Sheffield Wednesday.

Shortly after that report, Leeds fans asked Posh chairman Darragh MacAnthony on Twitter whether it was true - and the Irishman responded by confirming Leeds' interest.

Now, ahead of this weekend's game with Bristol City, Leeds assistant Paul Raynor has told BBC Radio Leeds that manager Evans is still looking for new signings - and was asked specifically about Maddison.

Raynor admitted that he has seen Maddison in action and Leeds certainly like the look of him, but whether the Whites can secure a deal for the 22-year-old remains to be seen.

"I've seen Marcus play," said Raynor. "As you can imagine, we're out there watching a lot of games. He's a talented player, whether that's one of [the targets] I don't really know, I'd rather leave Steve and the president to deal with that side of it. He's a player that is very talented, that we like, so we'll wait and see." he added.

Maddison, a former Newcastle trainee, hit 12 goals last season after signing from non-league Gateshead in the summer of 2014, and he has added another seven goals this season too.

The left footed playmaker has earned a reputation for scoring remarkable goals in League One, with some incredible free kicks to his name too - and with great potential, Leeds could be making a smart move by targeting Maddison, even if he isn't proven Championship quality right now.

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