Sheffield Wednesday hero Chris Waddle admits he had discussions with Leeds

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Sheffield Wednesday hero Chris Waddle could have been a Leeds United player.

Former England international Chris Waddle has once again confirmed he had talks with Leeds United during his career.

Waddle is best known for his spells with Tottenham, Sheffield Wednesday, and Marseille, and it was the Owls he joined instead of Leeds.

During a twitter question and answer sessions he was asked if he had ever held talks with the Whites.

The conversation had began with Waddle asked why he joined Wednesday, to which he replied, 'just fancied it'.

A bit of digging shows that Leeds United were not the only English side who made an attempt to sign Waddle from Marseille only to lose out to Sheffield Wednesday, with the player explaining why he did not end up at Elland Road.

One year ago in an interview with Beats and Rhymes FC, Waddle offered more clarity. He said: "I had the option of Leeds, and Aston Villa and Blackburn were rumoured, but I wasn’t the biggest fan of how (Leeds manager at the time) Howard Wilkinson played. I was 31 and I wanted to enjoy my football."

It was a big choice for Waddle because at the time, July 1992, Leeds United were English champions after a successful season, and signing for them would have been the obvious option.

He went on to play for four seasons at Wednesday, then playing for Falkirk, Bradford City, Burnley and Torquay United before retiring.

Neither side have won anything meaningful since his big decision to join Sheffield Wednesday ahead of Leeds United, and both clubs sit in the second tier of English football.

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