By Pranav Shahaney

10th Jan, 2022 | 2:45pm

Leeds United have kept aside £15million to sign midfielder in January

Leeds United have reportedly set aside £15million to secure the signing of a central midfielder in the January transfer window.

According to Alan Nixon of The Sun, the Whites have an eight-figure sum ready to shell out for the signing of a midfielder this month.

They have been looking for a number eight for the last two summers and could land a signing should he come within that price range.

Via his personal Twitter account, “There was £15m set aside for a midfielder.”

Enough money?

Leeds have missed out on their targets in the past because they’ve not had the adequate amount of funds to complete those signings.

Rodrigo de Paul is a classic example of that, back when he was at Udinese, and a year later Atletico Madrid ended up signing him.

They do not want a potential Champions League level player not joining because of the difference of a couple of million quid.

Lewis O’Brien and John Swift have been two names who have been linked with moves to Elland Road and either of them would be exceptional acquisitions for Leeds.

Whether or not Victor Orta is proactive or waits until the final week of the window to do something remains to be seen.

He should be on his phone as soon as possible as there is a clear deficiency in the squad and signing a number eight could help solve that issue.

In other Leeds United news, an ‘Excellent’ Whites player appears set for the exit door amid a major transfer development this week