Evans shares frustrating reason why target rejected Leeds, Diagouraga asked similar question

Elland Road pitchside

Steve Evans has admitted that one transfer target snubbed Leeds because he felt they need two or three better players.

Leeds United manager Steve Evans has told the Yorkshire Evening Post that one transfer target snubbed a move to Elland Road - because he wasn't convinced by the strength of the current squad.

Evans endured a frustrating time in his pursuit of signing new players in January, even though he managed to sign winger Mustapha Carayol from Middlesbrough and midfielder Toumani Diagouraga from Brentford.

Midfielder Liam Bridcutt also extended his loan stay from Sunderland until the end of the season, whilst Doncaster twins Jack and Paul McKay were also snapped up, though they are seen as players for the future.

Ultimately, Evans wanted to bring in a new striker during the January transfer window, but those efforts proved fruitless as the deadline passed on Monday without a new forward being brought in.

The Yorkshire Evening Post report that Norwich City's Kyle Lafferty and Middlesbrough's Kike were top targets for Evans, but couldn't land either of them in a frustrating end to the transfer window.

Now, Evans has discussed Leeds' activity in the transfer window during an interview with the Yorkshire Evening Post, stating that one target snubbed a move to Elland Road because he wanted to see two or three better players in the squad before putting pen-to-paper on a deal with the Whites.

Evans acknowledged that it would take time to build such a squad at Leeds, and even revealed that Diagouraga asked a similar question about the squad plans at Elland Road, but whilst he was able to convince the Frenchman to make the move, he couldn't do it with the unnamed loan target.

"We need to be able to show players that we’ve got a plan and we’re moving forward," said Evans. "Toumani asked about that and I was able to convince him. Another player I spoke to – someone we wanted on loan but with a definite option to buy in the summer – said he wanted to see two or three better players in our squad, to know for sure that we can challenge next season."

"That’s frustrating but I understand his point of view. This is why we’re building, so that people know we can challenge. It wasn’t going to happen overnight here," he added.

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