By Mark Smith

25th Aug, 2022 | 3:10pm

Jesse Marsch tells Phil Hay that Leeds United do not have surplus of money to sign new striker

Jesse Marsch has told Phil Hay that Leeds United do not have a “surplus of money” to spend on a huge new transfer before next week’s deadline.

The Whites have been analysing many potential options as they head towards the end of the window, with interest confirmed in certain players, who are currently unnamed.

Marsch admitted that a new arrival does depend on how things play out and if the players he wants are actually available for the move to Elland Road.

Writing on his personal Twitter account after asking Marsch, Hay shared the latest news regarding the hunt for a new striker in the next seven days.

“How likely it is, that’s dependent on how things play out and what availability is,” he said.

“We don’t have a surplus of money to bring in a huge transfer but we’ve done a good job of analysing players who are of interest to us.”

Not happening?

It may be easy to see it that way, but this is more of Marsch not actually ruling it out.

Nothing appears to be imminent, but our cracking start to the Premier League season makes that more acceptable as things stand at Elland Road.

Hopefully, Patrick Bamford, Junior Firpo and Luke Ayling will be back fully available for maybe the Everton game next week and we can have a much better squad ready.

Adding a new striker and maybe even a left-back, regardless of how well Pascal Struijk has played there, would certainly make this the perfect window.

We are certainly rating this summer at 80% as things stand, but to take it above 90%, we need two new faces – although you can never rate a window at 100% where you sell two of your best players.

They have been replaced, and hopefully, we go one step further by bringing in even more in the next week.

In other Leeds United news, the Whites now want to sign this striker with a rival set to kickstart a major £30million+ transfer battle