Steve Evans says Massimo Cellino ruined Leeds transfer for Peterborough star Marcus Maddison

Peterborough's Marcus Maddison celebrates scoring their second goal

The former Whites boss has blamed the Italian owner for scuppering a deal for the winger who has already scored six times in League One this season.

Leeds manager Steve Evans

Former Leeds United manager Steve Evans has told the Football League Paper that he would have signed Peterborough United star Marcus Maddison last season had Massimo Cellino not "messed about" with the deal.

Evans was sacked at the end of last season by the controversial Italian owner and replaced with Garry Monk after just seven months in charge at Elland Road.

During his time at the Yorkshire club, Evans only had one January transfer window to improve the squad, and Brentford midfielder Toumani Diagouraga was his only major signing.

Peterborough United's Marcus Maddison in action with Swansea City's Leon Britton

However, it appears as though a young star now tearing up League One could have been plying his trade at the club in the second half of last season.

Evans has revealed that he should have completed the signing of Posh winger Maddison but that the deal was ruined by Cellino's interference.

He told the Football League Paper: "Another player who is top class and is getting better is midfielder Marcus Maddison at Peterborough United.

Peterborough's Marcus Maddison scores their second goal

"My old club, Leeds United, should have signed this kid last season, but Massimo Cellino messed about at a key time."

News of Cellino's meddling scuppering a signing is unlikely to come as any surprise to Leeds fans, but to miss out on Maddison could have been a huge blow.

The 23-year-old, who can play as a winger or a central attacking midfielder, has scored six times in 13 League One games this season.

Peterborough's Marcus Maddison celebrates scoring their second goal

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