By Joe Ellis

1st Jun, 2022 | 1:40pm

Leeds United can pull out of race for Gustavo Hamer after Brenden Aaronson signing

As soon as Leeds United confirmed their Premier League survival on the final day, everyone’s attention turned to the transfer window.

There are big holes in the Whites squad that Jesse Marsch needs to fill and he has already managed to find the perfect sealant for the centre of midfield with United States international Brenden Aaronson arriving from RB Salzburg.

Despite bringing the 21-year-old to Elland Road, the boss wants more and Coventry City’s Gustavo Hamer has been identified as another potential midfield maestro to bring to the club this summer [Football League World].

Most recently, Brighton and Hove Albion have entered the race to sign the 24-year-old who is also on the radar of Rangers, Celtic, Brentford and Norwich City [Coventry Telegraph].

Leeds could comfortably hang with any of those teams in the transfer market and if Marsch wants him desperately enough, Victor Orta will make it happen but do they really need him?

When you compare Aaronson and Hamer as players, they have a very similar style of play and position where they excel best, the only difference being one played in the Champions League last season while the other was in the Championship.

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Unless we lose all of our central midfielders at once, there is no need to be signing another player who is so similar to the one we’ve already brought in this summer.

There is perhaps room for a brute of a defensive midfielder who can bully players and provide much-needed cover for the defence alongside Kalvin Phillips, if he stays.

If we still have room in the budget for a deep-lying playmaker too it certainly wouldn’t go amiss but there are positions elsewhere that need more attention at this moment in time.

In other Leeds United news, Raphinha starts for Brazil on Thursday but that isn’t great news for the Whites or Marsch after such a taxing season at Elland Road.