By David Woods

11th Dec, 2019 | 12:01pm

MOT View: Orta plots Jan swoop for Player of Season from rivals and it's a move that makes sense

Leeds United have possibly the best holding midfielder in the Championship in Kalvin Phillips.

However, when he was suspended for the game against Huddersfield, Leeds didn’t have a senior option to replace him with and Marcelo Bielsa played Ben White there instead of his normal centre-back position.

Alfie McCalmont is the natural successor but he’s obviously not seen as being ready yet.

That’s why the latest report from Football Insider makes a lot more sense than some of the wilder transfer rumours that are doing the rounds at the moment.

They claim that Victor Orta has identified Reading’s Andy Rinomhota as a target for both January or next summer.

Rinomhota was voted Reading’s Player of the Season in the last campaign and their fans aren’t happy with the news that Leeds have set their sights on him.

These are two of the reactions that we can publish. Some weren’t so savoury.

The 22-year-old arrived at Reading four years ago and played through the Under-21s and Under-23s.

He broke into the first-team last season and has made 16 appearances in the Championship this season. Leeds fans might remember him from the 1-0 win against Reading at the end of November. He was one of the better players on the night for the home side.

He’s got another two-and-a-half years on his contract at Reading so he’s not going to be sold on the cheap, although we’re not convinced his price would go anywhere near as high as the £10-£15m tag one Reading fan thinks he’s worth.

Young, up and coming and not on the radar of the big clubs yet – that’s definitely the profile of a player that would fit the Leeds philosophy at the moment. And he would be a player for the future as well as for the here and now.

Forget the outlandish claims about Matej Vydra and the like. This is an interesting one.

In other Leeds news: One 28 y/o gets 5, the other a 9 – Leeds player ratings in 2-0 win v Huddersfield