By Dan Carter

20th Nov, 2023 | 4:10pm

Leeds United could receive January transfer boost after latest 49ers investment update

It didn’t take long for 49ers Enterprises to get their feet under the table at Leeds United, with the new owners getting straight to work over the summer.

Having appointed Daniel Farke as manager, Leeds quickly moved to build the German a squad incredibly capable of returning to the Premier League, with the likes of Joel Piroe, Ethan Ampadu and Glen Kamara all arriving at Elland Road for considerable fees.

Now things on the pitch have taken shape, the 49ers have moved to continue the work off it, with reports emerging on Monday [Bloomberg, 20 November] that a minority stake in the Whites has been sold to Ackerly Partners.

The new investors are expected to provide strategic capital to expand the football and commercial operations of the club, with the 49ers continuing to look for another minority investor at Elland Road, with no sale guaranteed to currently take place.

This news has come quite quickly in the opening months of the 49ers’ tenure in charge of Leeds but could provide a boost to the Whites’ plans as they head into the January transfer window, with preparations already up and running at Thorp Arch.

The promise of financial investment into the footballing operations at Leeds United would suggest that some of the capital put in by Ackerly Partners could well be spent when the window opens at the beginning of 2024.

Leeds don’t need a squad overhaul in January, instead, Farke’s side could do with one or two genuine additions of quality to give them the final push to get over the line and pip one of Leicester City or Ipswich Town to the automatic promotion places.

Previously it had been reported that the Whites would look to loan signings in January with two temporary spaces remaining in their squad after Joe Rodon, Djed Spence and Jaidon Anthony all arrived on season-long deals this summer [Graham Smyth, 19 November].

Loan deals from Premier League clubs can be incredibly expensive, with Championship sides often required to pay tp-flight wages, but with a bit of extra capital from the new minority shareholders, deals that may have previously been impossible may now be completed.

In addition, permanent moves for players that may have been deemed too expensive after a summer of spending may now become affordable and help Farke’s side get that extra boost in the hunt for promotion.

A minority investor is unlikely to make a huge difference, especially considering the fact the 49ers are well-equipped financially themselves, but this is just the latest in several examples of how the new owners at Elland Road have worked to improve Leeds United both off and on the field.

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