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Are the Aden Flint rumours all an elaborate ruse?

Bristol City maintain they have had no offers for the central defender

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Leeds United have been linked to a number of defenders during this summer transfer window, and none of the rumors seem to have gotten as much attention as the possibility of Aden Flint (and Joe Bryan) leaving Bristol City to head north to Yorkshire to join the Whites on a big money transfer.

However, as you can see, there are conflicting reports galore, with numerous rumors, links in the press, etc., all claiming that Flint is unsettled and looking to move on with multiple clubs interested, but journalists who cover Leeds are claiming that there is absolutely no interest from Leeds at all in Flint.

So could this all be an elaborate ruse?

So who should the fans believe?

This wouldn’t be the first time that agents have used the press and invented links to clubs to seal a bigger contract for their clients. After all, Leeds has brought in 10 new players this summer, and yet the club still seem to be interested in bringing in a few more with centre back still a position of need for Leeds, despite the signing of Matthew Pennington on loan from Everton. What has added fuel to the fire of the rumors was the report that Leeds were looking in the “domestic” market for central defenders, after avoiding overpriced English players for most of the other signings this summer.

Leeds fans have been spoiled this off season as most of the transfer rumors have turned out to be true. Felix Wiedwald from Werder Bremen didn’t make any sense until the deal was sealed. Even Gianni Alioski from FC Lugano and Caleb Ekuban from Chievo Verona seemed like rumors out of nowhere until the club announced them. So perhaps the Flint rumors are like that, an easily dismissed rumor that turns out to be true. However, given the almost constant drumbeat of “links” in the press with various clubs that have been active in the transfer market, such as Harry Redknapp’s Birmingham City, the “Flint-to-Leeds” rumor might just be an agent talking to some members of the press trying to get Flint a raise.