Steve Evans claims Leeds almost signed two strikers on deadline day, deals collapsed

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Steve Evans claims Leeds missed out on two strikers on deadline day.

Leeds United boss Steve Evans has told the Yorkshire Evening Post that he was close to signing two strikers on deadline day - but both deals fell through.

The Whites went into deadline day having already snapped up a couple of new signings, with winger Mustapha Carayol and midfielder Toumani Diagouraga arriving from Championship rivals Middlesbrough and Brentford respectively.

With midfielder Liam Bridcutt extending his loan deal from Sunderland until the end of the season, Leeds were looking strong - but needed a striker on deadline day to really cap off their January business.

Unfortunately for Evans and Leeds, no striker arrived on the final day of the transfer window, leaving fans frustrated, especially given that the club received plenty of money for Sam Byram following his departure to West Ham United.

Now, manager Evans has opened up about what happened on deadline day at Elland Road, and specifically tackled the situation surrounding strikers.

Fans had wanted to see Norwich City's Kyle Lafferty arrive, and Evans has admitted to the Yorkshire Evening Post that deals fell through for two different strikers on Monday.

Evans claims that Leeds had lined up a three-and-a-half year deal for one striker, but missed out after a big offer from elsewhere, whilst he also revealed that another deal fell apart in the final hours of the transfer window.

"It’s fine lines in football and at about 7pm I thought we’d be signing two strikers," said Evans. "We’d lined up a three-and-a-half year deal for one and then a big offer for him came in from elsewhere. The other (deal) didn’t make it either."

"I felt dejected, I can’t deny that, because we need strikers. Everyone can see it. People want players and I want players. We were that close and I can’t blame anyone because it wasn’t anyone’s fault. But I know it’s easy to say that and that the fans don’t want to hear that," he added.

With the loan window opening next week, Leeds will have another chance to bring in a new striker - and Evans will be hoping that his men can finally land a forward this time around.

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