By George Overhill

3rd Jul, 2022 | 7:10am

Leeds United have better chance to sign Tyler Adams but Mohamed Camara is 'ideal'

Leeds United are “highly unlikely” to sign both Tyler Adams and Mohamed Camara despite being in talks with the pair, says Graham Smyth.

With the sale of Kalvin Phillips to Manchester City the Whites need a new central midfield option to replace him since summer signing Marc Roca is a different sort of player.

Smyth notes that the club have confirmed discussions with the American RB Leipzig man and the Malian from Red Bull Salzburg, with a loan-to-buy now looking the likely option for the former, but if that move comes off he expects the search to end there.

In his Leeds Q&A for the Yorkshire Evening Post he said: “What we’ve been told is that Leeds want to sign a defensive central midfielder, so it seems highly unlikely they would add two.

“Whoever comes in is Kalvin Phillips’ replacement so they will want to play. Tyler Adams looks like a very sensible signing, horrible to play against and trustworthy in possession.

“It’s not difficult to see him alongside someone like Marc Roca, who would take care of the majority of the distribution.

“Mo Camara looks ideal, though. Adams is the easier deal to get done, as it stands.”

Options

If Camara, 22, is the better player than the club really need to be pulling out all the stops to land him since replacing Phillips will be no easy task.

When the boyhood Leeds fan was injured during the 2021/22 season it became clear how much the side missed him, and with the 26-year-old now gone permanently they have to find as much quality as possible for the deep central role.

In theory if Adams, 23, is going to be a loan with an option to buy that shouldn’t necessarily preclude aiming for Camara on a permanent deal, especially seeing as the Austria-based player seems to want to come.

Ending up with both might be more of a drain on the wage bill but if they could both fit within that structure then wrapping up the “ideal” option while getting a first-hand look at the alternative wouldn’t be a bad situation.

Considering the number of injuries the squad suffered last year then extra choices are also something that could come in handy.

But with further business in other positions also still on the agenda it remains to be seen how much incoming talent can be secured.

Assuming Raphinha also goes there will be a significant influx of cash from the two star sales, and the club have been tipped to spend it all.

Adams alongside Camara in a game where Jesse Marsch expects to be up against it is an enticing prospect, but by the sounds of it not a realistic one.

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