Have Huddersfield hinted to Leeds that they won't be signing Malone?

David Wagner, Manager of Huddersfield Town looks on during the Premier League match between Swansea City and Huddersfield Town at Liberty Stadium on October 14, 2017 in Swansea, Wales.

Leeds have been linked with Scott Malone but have Huddersfield just issued a hands-off warning for the left-back?

Scott Malone of Huddersfield Town and Chung-yong Lee of Crystal Palace battle for possession during the Carabao Cup Third Round match between Crystal Palace and Huddersfield Town at...Scott Malone of Huddersfield Town and Chung-yong Lee of Crystal Palace battle for possession during the Carabao Cup Third Round.

Leeds United's hunt for a new left-back had lead them to Huddersfield Town and Scott Malone, according to the Express, with a January transfer window move being plotted.

Whites head coach Thomas Christiansen is yet to find the solution to his problem on the left side of defence, with Vurnon Anita, Gaetano Berardi and Cameron Borthwick-Jackson all having been used there at different times this season.

Leeds manager Thomas Christiansen looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Cardiff City and Leeds United at Cardiff City Stadium on September 26, 2017 in Cardiff, Wales.Leeds manager Thomas Christiansen looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match against Cardiff City.

The issue was created by Charlie Taylor's summer switch to Burnley and Christiansen was hoping to capitalise on the fact that Malone had struggled to assert himself at the John Smith's Stadium since his own £4m summer move from Fulham.

However, opposite number David Wagner appears to have sent a subtle message to Leeds that the 26-year-old is not for sale - for the foreseeable future at least.

David Wagner, Manager of Huddersfield Town looks on during the Premier League match between Swansea City and Huddersfield Town at Liberty Stadium on October 14, 2017 in Swansea, Wales.David Wagner, manager of Huddersfield Town, looks on during the Premier League match against Swansea City.

Ahead of the Terriers' Premier League clash with Swansea City, Wagner told the Huddersfield Examiner: "He is close [to starting], like I think a lot of players are close.

"He has started some games this season as well and I think we have competition in a lot of positions - in left-back as well.

"Scott has had a good week and he's had a good season so far.

"Scott Malone is a player we have in our head for the whole season and for Swansea as well."

And so it proved, with Malone brought into Wagner's starting XI for the eventual 2-0 defeat at the Liberty Stadium, his first start in the English top flight this season.

The full-back replaced Chris Lowe in the position and while the result did not go Huddersfield's way, perhaps this was a hands-off warning from the club to their fellow Yorkshire outfit in the Championship.

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