By Bruce Watson

22nd Nov, 2020 | 11:14am

Victor Orta drops hint about potential January arrivals at Leeds

Leeds United director of football Victor Orta has said his side ‘need to be really clever’ in the upcoming January transfer window and has revealed that the Whites could make bids for new players.

The usual links and rumours with various players are starting to emerge with the transfer window just weeks away.

But, Orta suggested that Leeds may not be as active as other clubs in January and spoke of the risks in signing a player during the winter window.

Orta is quoted by Leeds Live as saying, “I think we need to be really clever, if one option appears who we think clearly improves the squad, obviously [we need to] be ready to make [an offer].

“For me first, it’s [about] availability. You go to a player who is playing in a lower division, or you go for a player who is not playing in your division or at another level, it is a risk.

“Now, I trust a lot the squad we have, I trust a lot the ways of the staff, [the] winter market is a circumstance and one we need to evaluate carefully.”

There are always risks attached to signing a player during the January transfer window as players have to immediately be ready to slot into a new side without the benefit of a pre-season.

Orta’s comments seem to contradict a report from TEAMtalk that says Leeds are interested in signing Quaine Bartley from AFC Wimbledon.

This potential transfer would be one of the risks Orta detailed in his comments as a League One player would have to make the jump to Premier League football in a very short space of time.

We all know how meticulous Orta and Bielsa are and we are sure that they wouldn’t make a move for anyone in January if they weren’t confident they could benefit the squad at Elland Road.

Equally, a long-term injury in the next few weeks could force Leeds’ hand in the transfer market if they need to replace a first-team player who will miss a decent chunk of the rest of the season.

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