Leeds United hope to lure outspoken Manchester City striker John Guidetti to Elland Road at the end of the season, [football] direct news understands.

The Sweden under-21 hitman has seen opportunities limited at Stoke City, where he is currently on loan for the rest of the campaign, and has little chance of breaking into his parent club’s first-team next term.

He has proved to be a controversial figure at the Britannia Stadium, twice expressing his anger in Scandinavian media about his lack of time on the pitch.

When he hinted that he would have a problem with Potters boss Mark Hughes if he continued to be left on the substitutes bench, it led to Stoke exclusively telling FDN that the Welshman would speak with Guidetti in private about the situation.

Championship side Leeds are no doubt buoyed by the player’s excellent goalscoring record at Dutch club Feyenoord during a loan spell in the 2011-12 campaign, when he notched 20 goals in just 23 appearances.

A source close to City told FDN: “Leeds like the player and he will be allowed to leave if the asking price is met. He needs regular football and that simply isn’t on offer at City.”