'Gutted': Leeds fans left disappointed as Steven Zuber joins Stuttgart

Fans of Leeds United celebrate during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Blackburn Rovers at Elland Road on December 26, 2018 in Leeds, England.

Leeds United will not be bringing Steven Zuber to the Championship after all - the Hoffenheim midfielder has moved to Bundesliga rivals Stuttgart instead.

Steven Zuber of Hoffenheim looks on during the UEFA Champions League Group F match between TSG 1899 Hoffenheim and FC Shakhtar Donetsk at Wirsol Rhein-Neckar-Arena on November 27, 2018 in...

Leeds United do not have a particularly inspiring record in the January transfer record over recent seasons.

The West Yorkshire giants were well placed for fight for a place in the top six in each of the last two years. But they twice missed a chance to strengthen midway through the campaign, eventually ending well adrift of the play-offs.

And supporters will be fearing that history could be about to repeat itself.

After losing influential Spaniard Samu Saiz to Getafe, a creative midfielder would have been welcomed with open arms – but Steven Zuber is not on his way to Elland Road after all.

Steven Zuber of 1899 Hoffenheim celebrates after scoring his team's second goal  during the UEFA Champions League Group F match between TSG 1899 Hoffenheim and FC Shakhtar Donetsk at...

The Mirror reported that Leeds were keen to sign the all-action Swiss international from Hoffenheim despite his hefty £10.8 million price-tag. But, just 24 hours later, Zuber joined Bundesliga strugglers Stuttgart instead.

Cue more frustration from Leeds fans on the same day that Lewis Baker had his loan spell from Chelsea brought to an end.

Busy, energetic and blessed with an eye for goal, Zuber feels like another that has gotten away for a Leeds side who have lost their last three games and two of their midfield options.

Steven Zuber of TSG Hoffenheim controls the ball during the Bundesliga match between TSG Hoffenheim and 1. FSV Mainz 05 at Wirsol Rhein-Neckar-Arena on December 23, 2018 in Sinsheim,...

 

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