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.
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.
So to sum up this Transfer Window so far for Leeds..— ROSSii (@MrROSSii1990) January 9, 2019
Want Darlow on Loan.. Newcastle want 4m.. Leeds look elsewhere
Interest in Steven Zuber.. Never made a bid but hes gone elsewhere..
Lewis Baker goes back to Chelsea
Saiz plays debut against Messi.. #LUFC
Didn’t seem like #LUFC went for him in the end, but would have been great to have Zuber. If that’s the level they look at, understandably not many available for reasonable money = hard to do deals this window.— Svend Karlsen (@svendleeds) January 9, 2019
Gutted just what we needed. Faffing around as usual whilst players move on. Always waiting until the last day for bargains meanwhile everyone else gets snapped up— Mip (@mipsical) January 9, 2019
Water is wet— Ron (@ronaallleeds) January 9, 2019
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