Leeds "tried everything" to convince Belgium prodigy Charles de Ketelaere to come to Elland Road, including enlisting Hollywood A-lister Russell Crowe.
The Australian actor, most recently spotted playing Greek god Zeus in Marvel's summer blockbuster Thor: Love and Thunder, put out a video message to the 21-year-old to persuade him to join his beloved Whites.
It didn't work, however, with De Ketelaere opting for a move to AC Milan instead.
"They tried everything," Belgium football expert Kristoff Terreur told BBC Radio Radio 5 Live's Euro Leagues podcast.
"But De Ketelaere's young - I don't know if he even recognised Russell Crowe!
"It came down to a competition between Leeds and Milan, and Italian teams are not as financially powerful as Premier League clubs, but the Milan boss convinced him and he's gone for less."