The MLS website report in a preview piece ahead of the January transfer window that Kai Wagner is ‘expected’ to leave Philadelphia Union next month – with Leeds United said to be keeping a close eye on the German-born defender.

Wagner, 25, has been excellent for the Union over the last three years – clocking up 128 appearances for the MLS outfit. In that time, he has had a hand in 25 goals – with nine assists coming in the last term. Leeds have shown interest.

The Athletic report that Leeds are still interested in signing Wagner, with the January window approaching. Now, the MLS website deliver an update on the future of Wagner. They say it is expected Wagner leaves in the next few weeks.

The report states that he had expected to leave last summer, but remained to help the Union push for the MLS Shield. Now, any decent offers will surely tempt the MLS side and Leeds are keen. German clubs are also interested in Wagner.

SOCCER: SEP 03 MLS - Philadelphia Union at New York Red Bulls
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Wagner expected to leave with Leeds keeping close eye

Now there is no doubt Leeds need a defender. A left-back. We could do with a better option on the left side of the centre-back pairing – but bringing in a left-back allows Pascal Struijk to go into the middle. So, Wagner might be ideal.

Junior Firpo has not been good enough for Leeds since joining the club from Barcelona in the summer of 2021. Leeds need a whole lot better on their left flank. So, a move for a new left-back is crucial. Is Wagner the answer?

He could be, but is seems unlikely. The German has only ever played in the lower leagues of German football and the MLS. Wagner is a good left-back, creative. But does he end the issues at left-back? No. But we thought Firpo would.

SOCCER: AUG 20 MLS - Philadelphia Union at DC United
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