By George Overhill

10th Jan, 2023 | 11:10am

Leeds United have been jolted into action to negotiate a January recall from his loan at Millwall for Charlie Cresswell, Phil Hay reports in The Athletic.

The 20-year-old talent has previously been earmarked as a first-team player, and potential captain, of the future at Elland Road, and has been playing his first regular senior football at The Den this season.

Although a January recall clause has reportedly already passed the Whites have been pushed into immediately discussing a recall because of a “surge of Championship interest” in the youngster.

There are understood to be both permanent and loan offers on the table for Cresswell and he may now be brought back this month in order to move somewhere that provides more playing opportunities.

A strong start to the season under Gary Rowett gave way to a period out of the side when the manager changed formation, and a return to the starting line-up either side of the World Cup has since again given way to time on the bench.

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It’s suddenly all systems go for Leeds United on the Cresswell front and if Millwall aren’t currently using him there is surely scope that he is released from his time in South London.

A permanent exit at this stage seems highly unlikely even if there are offers available, given the club’s view of centre-backs, and need to improve that area in the coming years.

Another loan sounds likely, as long as Rowett and company don’t see the transactions strengthening a rival, which could mean they try to keep hold of him.

The Whites are proving to be extremely busy in the January transfer window, with Max Wober signed for the first team already and all indications that Georginio Rutter is set to join him in a club-record move any time soon.

There is the chance that fellow young starlet Joe Gelhardt is about to leave on loan if the French under-21 international arrives.

And now Cresswell could come in and go back out again in a breathless flurry of activity this month.

Better that than sitting still, which barring a few outgoings was what happened last season, as the current threat of relegation appears won’t be taken lying down in the same way.

In other Leeds United news, the club still maintain a firm interest in another forward who is “so strong” despite the movement on Rutter.