Leicester City fullback Luke Thomas has snubbed a move to Elland Road in favour of a return to the Premier League, according to Football Insider, as Sheffield United close in on the defender’s signature.
On Monday, the Daily Mail published a report claiming that English giants Manchester United were keeping an eye on Thomas as a replacement at Old Trafford for Luke Shaw and Tyrell Malacia who are both sidelined with long-term injuries.
However, the outlet also revealed that Leeds United are interested in signing the 22-year-old on loan but that the Foxes are reluctant to sell to a direct rival in the Championship, leaving a possible transfer unlikely.
Now, as reported by Football Insider, the Peacocks’ hope of enticing Thomas to make the switch to Elland Road have been dashed as the England U21 international is set to move to Bramall Lane on a season-long loan.
The left-back has twelve months remaining on his current deal at the King Power Stadium but was omitted from Leicester City’s squad on Tuesday night as Enzo Maresca’s men beat Tranmere Rovers 2-0 away in the EFL Cup second round.
Thomas is the second defender Leicester have lost this week, having sold Timothy Castagne to top-flight club Fulham for £15 million, leaving the depth in the club’s fullback department relatively shallow.
It seemed likely that Thomas would be allowed to leave for a Premier League club instead of Leeds United given that both sides are battling it out with one another in the Championship.
Nevertheless, this one may sting a little bit more for Leeds’ fans since Thomas is joining a Yorkshire rival in Sheffield United.
It’s an excellent acquisition for the Blades. Thomas has enough quality for the top tier and can provide healthy competition on the left side of the defence.