FC Utrecht forward Gyrano Kerk has admitted he ‘hoped’ he would secure a move away this summer amid rumours linking him to Leeds United.

The Dutch winger, who managed 11 goals and 12 assists in all competitions last season, was heavily linked with a move to Elland Road throughout the transfer window, with Marcelo Bielsa on the hunt for a wide player.

Reports in the Netherlands at the end of September stated that Leeds were approaching an agreement for the 24-year-old, with it claimed two days later that they were getting even closer to a deal.

That never happened, though, with Leeds instead electing to complete a £16m deal for Stade Rennais forward Raphinha.

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Why the deal for Kerk never happened has not yet been revealed, but he has hinted it was to do with the price Utrecht were asking for, admitting he had very much wanted a move.

“Of course I had hoped for it,” he told De Telegraaf.

“But if it does not happen, then it will not happen. Then you cannot stay with your head every day. You just have to keep going.

“I do not set the prices. If I could determine the prices myself, I think it would have been different.

“But FC Utrecht is my employer, and they determine my price. I cannot do anything about that myself.

“And if I continue to score like this, they will sooner start asking more than less.”