By George Overhill

15th Nov, 2023 | 12:10pm

49ers tipped to 'flex their muscles in the transfer market' amid Leeds United FFP forecast

Leeds United are “well within” Financial Fair Play parameters and the 49ers are suspected to spend in January, according to Mark Douglas.

The i News journalist suggested via the paper’s website on 15 November that now the new owners “have their feet under the table” they will look to “flex their muscles in the transfer market” in six weeks’ time.

With the Whites in “touching distance” of the top two in the Championship and under no pressure in terms of FFP it it seen as an inviting opportunity for the Americans to take advantage of.

The gap to first-placed Leicester City has narrowed to eight points after the Whites won at the King Power a fortnight ago (3 November), with the Foxes then beaten by on-loan Leeds man Sam Greenwood‘s free kick for Middlesbrough while Plymouth Argyle were beaten at Elland Road last weekend.


There isn’t a huge amount of work needed on Daniel Farke’s squad based on the current form, but if a couple of questions can be answered it could make the difference at the end of the season.

After the consecutive Leicester defeats their presumed procession towards the Championship trophy is surely in doubt, and the Leeds United ownership must now have an eye on their manager securing a third second tier title.

A specialist number 10 and some more security at left-back are probably the priorities if the 49ers do get ready to makes moves in the New Year.

Having been necessarily cautious with regards to overspending in the summer due to a lack of certainty over who would stay or go there should be far more clarity internally over the club’s capabilities in January.

Even so there could feasibly be more departures than arrivals, with the likes of Charlie Cresswell and Joe Gelhardt in need of games and the potential for the top form of some of the Whites’ stars to spark big-money bids from the Premier League.

If anybody key leaves then Leeds United will have to spend to fill the gap, but with January generally seen as a difficult time to get good value in the market it remains to be seen who might be available that would represent a genuine asset to the squad, regardless of what the ownership would be willing to sanction in principle.

In other Leeds United news, the Whites could now bank in excess of £5million on a permanent exit which is set to happen.