Stuttgart manager Hannes Wolf has hinted that Leeds United target Alexandru Maxim could leave the club in January.

The playmaker has been linked with the Whites over the last few weeks and will not be kept at the German side against his will.

“If a club comes, we must certainly talk about it,” Wolf told German newspaper Stuttgarter-Nachrichten when asked about Maxim’s situation.

This seems to hint that a move over the next month is likely for the 26-year-old, who has scored two goals in 18 appearances this season.

Maxim joined Stuttgart from Romanian outfit Pandurii Targu Jiu in January 2013 for a fee of around €1.5 million and made his club debut in the Europa League last-32 clash against Genk.

He kicked on during his first full Bundesliga season and managed to provide 12 assists as well as scoring seven goals in the league despite the club finishing down in 15th position, just one place above the relegation play-offs.

Another flirtation with relegation followed in 2014-15 before Stuttgart’s fate was finally confirmed in 2015-16, as they finished second-bottom of the table and dropped into Bundesliga 2.

Leeds boss Garry Monk is keen to secure Maxim having previously tried to sign him for Swansea City and this latest development seems to confirm that a deal is on the cards.

Known for his set-piece expertise and crossing ability, the Romanian has undoubted talent and under the guidance of the 37-year-old could prove to be a shrewd piece of business.


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