With Orta eyeing alternatives, are Leeds United missing perfect Cyle Larin chance?

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.

Orlando City's MLS star Cyle Larin wants to move to Europe but links with Leeds United have grown strangely cold.

Cyle Larin #9 of Orlando City SC kicks the ball during a MLS soccer match between Real Salt Lake and the Orlando City SC at the Orlando Citrus Bowl on March 6, 2016 in Orlando, Florida....

All the signs appeared to be pointing towards Cyle Larin swapping the MLS for Elland Road in the January transfer window.

The Canadian international stated last month to The Sentinel that now was the time to leave Orlando City after becoming the club’s all-time record goalscorer and seize his chance across the pond – shortly after The Sun (10th September, page 58) reported that Leeds were keen to hand him a chance in English football.

But with just a matter of weeks until the window opens, the links have grown somewhat cold. Leeds still seem to be interested in adding strikers to their ranks, The Mail claiming last week that the 2.Bundesliga top scorer Marvin Ducksch and Red Bull Salzburg’s prolific Moanes Dabour (below) were on their radar.

Salzburg's midfielder from Israel Moanes Dabour and Konyaspor's defender from Slovenia Nejc Skubic (R) vie for the ball during the UEFA Europa League football match between Austrian FC...

But, for whatever reason, it appears that Leeds have moved on from Larin – even if he may be the most easily available of their targets with the striker looking to leave and his contract expiring in a year’s time.

Larin has netted 12 goals in 29 games for Orlando this season – another respectable tally for a player who scored more goals in his 2015 debut season than any other ‘rookie’ in MLS history.

Cyle Larin #9 of Orlando City SC scores a goal past goalkeeper Sean Johnson #1 of New York City FC during a MLS soccer match between New York City FC and Orlando City SC at the Orlando...

But while it must be pointed out that his tally has dropped in each of the last two seasons, Larin is still a player with huge promise at the age of 22 and someone who is unlikely to break the bank in the New Year.

For now, however, it appears that Leeds have moved on to other targets.

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