By Saikat Mandal

20th Jan, 2023 | 3:40pm

Leeds United challenge shared as Lecce demand £20m for midfielder Morten Hjulmand

Leeds United have made a late attempt to sign Danish midfielder Morten Hjulmand, as reported by Ben Jacobs.

The CBS Sport journalist said on the JustJoeFootballShow (19 January; 11m30s) that the Whites, read as Victor Orta taking initiative, are quite late in terms of expressing interest and therefore they are not leading the race at the moment.

Moreover, Lecce are demanding a fee of around £20m, which is a “challenge” for the Whites. But the good thing is, Leeds are “spinning plates” late in the window, which suggests there could be one or two more arrivals.

“So the challenge here is fee, plain and simple. Lecce are valuing him at somewhere close to £20million and Leeds are quite late in terms of expressing interest so they can’t be seen as a front runner here by any stretch of the imagination,” said Jacobs.

“But what we’re seeing is Leeds spinning plates late in the window and I think that fans will be relatively pleased by that because, as you say, they brought in two players already the fact that they’re still active in the market shows you that there’s a real commitment.”

One more signing?

Orta has done a terrific job this month once again. 

Leeds needed to sign a defender, precisely a left-back and the club moved quickly to sign Max Wober from Red Bull Salzburg. 

The club desperately needed to add a striker to their ranks, and they secured a club-record deal for Georginio Rutter from Hoffenheim. 

If the transfer window ends today, Leeds will be very happy with what they’ve done. The club have given Marsch enough options to work with, and it’s upto him to take the club to a respectable finish. 

Now, Leeds are looking to add a midfielder to their ranks. Phil Hay reported on 16 January that the Whites have a chance to sign Morocco international Azzedine Ounahi, but it’s complicated at the moment. 

Likewise, we see here, it won’t be easy to sign Hjulmand. The Whites need to pay a handsome fee to tempt Lecce into doing business. 

It’s better to wait until the summer to get the right player, but anything can happen in a transfer window. 

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