Leeds United transfer rumours: January window prediction, signings shortage

Leeds United transfer rumours and gossip from around the web.

January window claim

Former Scotland manager Alex McLeish has revealed he expects Leeds to pursue fresh midfield options in January after a move for Huddersfield’s Lewis O’Brien failed to materialise.

Huddersfield and Leeds were far off in their estimations for the player and as a result, failed to agree on a deal for the midfielder.

But the former Premier League boss doesn’t expect Leeds to reactivate their interest in the next transfer window

“Sometimes you have to bite the bullet and move on,” McLeish explained. “They might assess the other four or five names that they have for that kind of position. That’s what a lot of clubs do nowadays. They have 10 names for every position lower down in the academies.

“Maybe the manager has five names in every position for potential Leeds United players.”

It was reported that Huddersfield wanted around £10m for the player, while Leeds were willing to pay less than half of that rumoured fee.

Transfer shortage incoming

Football Insider are claiming that there could be a shortage of big deals at Leeds in January as a result of Leeds’ inflated wage budget following the acquisition of Daniel James and various other deals.

It has been reported that Leeds’ wage bill is set to shatter the £100m mark this year following the recent big contracts handed out to Patrick Bamford, Raphinha, Diego Llorente and James.

Given that Leeds have been unable to have fans in Elland Road over the previous twelve months, matchday revenue has been down for all Premier League clubs, which subsequently means that money became more precious.

And as a result, it means that Marcelo Bielsa may have to use this squad for the remainder of the campaign as a result of the new financial levels the Whites have reached.

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