There’s been much speculation in the German media this week with regards to Alexandru Maxim’s future with Stuttgart.

The Leeds United target looks surplus to requirements at the club with new claims Stuttgart’s sporting director and coach no longer see Maxim in their plans.

Bild have reported on the latest developments involving Maxim, and they’ve claimed he could be shipped out to make room for new players.

Following their season in Bundesliga 2, Stuttgart will want to consolidate their place in the top flight, and they’ve already been linked with Croatian playmaker Ante Coric, who would provide direct competition for Maxim.

Bild say recent comments from Jan Schindelmeiser (sporting director) and Hannes Wolf (coach) suggest Maxim is no longer wanted by the pair, and the player himself in recent months has questioned his position at Stuttgart.

The Romania international this month said he would soon decide on his future, and clubs like Leeds United could look to move in on the player.

Leeds United have been showing an interest in Maxim since January, when the Championship side held initial talks with his agent. In the past few months the playmaker has continued to be linked with a move to Elland Road, with claims last week they were in talks to sign him. However, Stuttgart were quick to play down reports of Leeds United approaches.

Leeds United’s failure to get promotion last season could be a hurdle in convincing Maxim to join them, but if they can show they have a good chance of getting to the Premier League next season, they could still have a chance of landing the Romanian.