Leeds United ‘definitely, definitely want to do” deals for a left-back and two midfielders in the summer transfer window, according to Athletic journalist Phil Hay.

After a quiet January window, Leeds are expected to enter the transfer market to strengthen their squad in the summer and build on the performances from their first Premier League season under Marcelo Bielsa.

Discussing the club’s potential transfer business in the summer on the Phil Hay Show, the man himself gave an insight on the positions likely to be strengthened.

He said, “It seems to me, the real priority positions are left-back, cover for Philipps and attacking midfield are the three they definitely, definitely want to do.

“I think [Victor] Orta is quite open-minded in what he likes to do. They’re always on their toes that if something comes up at the last minute or at short notice they’ll do it.

“They won’t be shy in terms of the amount spent but it won’t be a massive number or a tear up of players.”

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Pivotal positions

Hay has stated that left-back is a priority position regardless of whether Gjanni Alioski decides to stay at the club or not.

The North Macedonia international’s contract expires at the end of the season and it’s looking increasingly likely that he parts ways with the club come June 30.

Stade Brest’s Romain Perraud is understood to be high on Bielsa’s priority list, and Leeds could well make a move for him in the summer.

Another position that is of vital importance is cover for Phillips. Whenever the England international has missed out due to injury or suspension, the likes of Mateusz Klich, Jamie Shackleton and Pascal Struijk have tried and failed to deputise for him.

The other position we don’t have any real back-up for is striker, with Patrick Bamford almost as key as Phillips. If he was out for any length of time Leeds would really struggle.

However, a back-up striker doesn’t seem to be a priority for Leeds.

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