'Absolute priority' - Exclusive: Reliable journalist details Leeds plans in transfer window

MOT Leeds News conducted an exclusive interview with Leeds Live journalist Beren Cross, getting his views on the biggest talking points from Elland Road…

Beren Cross has claimed that if Leeds United don’t sign Ben White in the summer, their “absolute priority” will be to bring in another defender.

The Whites have a number of loan players with an obligation to buy in their deals including Illan Meslier, Jack Harrison, Helder Costa and even Jean-Kevin Augustin who recently cut short his loan spell [Football Insider].

Reliable journalist, Cross, admitted that if Leeds somehow miss out on promotion, they will use the loan market once again.

Cross admitted that Marcelo Bielsa will likely use the majority of his current squad in the Premier League, with few additions at Elland Road.

Speaking exclusively to MOT Leeds News, Cross said, “Should the club miss out on promotion, loans are absolutely the way they would be going with the financial controls the EFL is now putting in place.”

“Promotion looks more likely, so their approach may change with more money coming into the club. You are right to point out the money they are already committed to spending, especially if Augustin’s £20m-plus deal is included in that. It’s not Bielsa’s style to push for revolution either.

“He will want to give the vast majority of this group a fair crack of the whip in the Premier League, largely because they already know his system so well too. Therefore, there would not be much sense in spending more than £20m on someone who sits on the bench until December.

“As mentioned above, if White does not return, a stellar centre-back will be an absolute priority. They may cost a tidy sum in the new market.”

The future of White past this season will be critical to Leeds’ summer plans then. Andrea Radrizzani has already confirmed that he will be lodging an offer for the 22-year-old.

The Athletic’s Phil Hay has reported that Leeds want to keep White at the club past this season, but are hunting for potential replacements if needed.

It is suggested that the Whites would like a British centre back or someone with a strong understanding of the English game if they can’t tempt Brighton’s hand.

In other Leeds United news, Lee Bowyer has compared the Whites to Brentford as they make a late charge for the top-two