'Spend what it takes' – Exclusive: Pundit delivers Leeds warning as PL transfer window looms
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Paul Robinson has said that he expects Leeds to be cautious in the summer transfer market, but added they would have to invest to stay up if they get promoted.
The football world has been plunged into uncertainty with the Coronavirus outbreak and no one knows when the transfer window will open or how long it will be open for.
The loss of revenues could lead to less buying but it could also see prices drop for players.
Talking exclusively to MOT Leeds News, Robinson said, “There will be a huge financial reward that comes with getting promoted and Leeds will have to be sensible and spend what it takes to stay up.
“It’s all about risk and reward and balancing the budget with what you need to bring in.
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“Irrespective of whether the loanees stay Leeds will need to strengthen their squad. But I suspect, like a number of other teams, that it will be cautiously, depending on what happens in the next six months.
“I haven’t given up on signing Ben White yet. Leeds could still sign him even if he ends up going to a Big Six club like Liverpool – they could loan him straight back to Leeds.
“However, I fear they’re going to have to sign him on a permanent deal or lose out.”
Leeds fans will be desperate to hold onto Ben White and fellow loanee Jack Harrison.
Leeds already have an obligation to sign Jean-Kevin Augustin if promoted and a deal is in place to make Helder Costa’s signing permanent.
However, Leeds will surely need to bring in new players if they want to consolidate and succeed in the top-flight like Wolves and Sheffield United have.
A £100m spending spree seems unlikely though.
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