Leeds United are closing in on Stuttgart midfielder Alexandru Maxim, according to claims in the Romanian media.

The playmaker was linked with a move to Leeds United in January when Garry Monk was in charge, but the 38-year-old has since left the club, and is now manager of Middlesbrough.

Digi Sport have reported Leeds United are in advanced talks with Stuttgart over a possible move to England this summer. The Championship side had held initial talks with his agent during the last window after his client fell out of favour with Stuttgart coach Hannes Wolf.

Due to injuries Maxim was brought back into the team towards the end of the season, and despite being a key figure in the final few games he could still leave this summer. Digi Sport say the Romania international could be tempted with the move to Leeds United following his difficulties with the German club last season.

Maxim is a player Monk has been chasing for some time after the Middlesbrough boss tried to sign him whilst at Swansea City, and then Leeds United. Following his resignation from Leeds United and the appointment of Victor Orta as sporting director it wasn’t known if the club would still pursue Maxim this summer.

Leeds United will want to get a deal done quickly just in case Monk has the player on his list at Middlesbrough, and the sudden effort could suggest they have that worry.