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Leeds United abandon bid for Bayer Leverkusen attacker Nadiem Amiri

Leeds United have abandoned their bid for Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Nadiem Amiri despite holding talks with him and his representatives on Monday, reports The Athletic journalist Phil Hay.

The Elland Road club had already agreed a £5 million fee with Leverkusen for the German, but additional financial demands made by the player and his reps left them frustrated.

Leeds board have also been frustrated by reports in Germany that Amiri was put off by the city itself, insisting negotiations had already run into trouble before the 26-year-old was pictured there.

The West Yorkshire club had paid for flying him over to England from Germany but declined to pay for his flight home after talks between both parties fell through.

Amiri met with manager Daniel Farke and was shown around the training facilities at Thorp Arch and taken to Elland Road, and the club believed that discussions between him and his compatriot had been positive.

However, a move to the Championship did not eventually appeal to the attacker despite earlier showing interest when Leeds made their approach last week.

The Whites wanted to conclude the deal before their game against Ipswich Town on Saturday and have him available for selection, but his failure to reach an agreement over the terms of his exit from the Bundesliga club complicated matters.

His willingness to jet into England for talks raised the confidence at the club and they were hoping he would accept their terms.

Both parties have now moved on, and while Leverkusen are still keen on selling Amiri, he is not willing to join Leeds, and Farke will look elsewhere for attacking reinforcements.

A move for Genk winger Joseph Paintsil has also stalled, with a dispute between the Belgian top-flight club and the Ghana international over bonuses potentially owed to him preventing the deal from happening.

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