By Sean Fisher

23rd Dec, 2022 | 7:40am

£15m twist emerges in Leeds United bid to sign George Hall from Birmingham City

According to The Mirror, Leeds United are keen to complete a double swoop in January, starting with Birmingham City’s George Hall for £15million.

Jesse Marsch is expected to strengthen his squad in January ahead of a tough relegation dogfight in the second half of the season. The American has a few flaws that need addressing, and it seems he already has a few targets in mind.

As per The Mirror (23 December, Page 52), Leeds are keen to splash £40million next month, with both Hall and Matheus Cunha at the top of March’s shopping list.

The report correctly identifies defence as Leeds’ biggest issue but suggests that the top two transfer targets are Atletico Madrid’s Cunha for £25million and Birmingham City’s Hall for £15million.

Hall is an 18-year-old midfielder who is also being pursued by Liverpool and Everton [Daily Mail], while Leeds would have to hijack a deal in place between Wolves and Cunha [Fabrizio Romano] if they were to sign the 23-year-old next month.

Unlikely

Leeds may as well move on from Cunha now. Wolves already seem to have wrapped him up, and while the Whites do need more firepower next month – the Atleti striker won’t be providing it.

Hall is a much more realistic target, and with Mateusz Klich edging closer to a move to MLS side D.C. United next month [The Independent], he could be the perfect replacement for the Polish midfielder.

He’s young, energetic and got plenty of potential to try and fulfil at Elland Road. Marsch’s record of coaching youngsters will likely excite him, and could be the difference between him choosing to join Everton or Leeds.

It’s bizarre that The Mirror understood that defence was the biggest issue for Leeds this season yet didn’t link the Whites to any defenders.

As much as a Klich replacement would be great, a new left-back and striker are surely the top priorities for Marsch.

The club could go out and address all three areas next month, but it’d likely be a very expensive project. But if they are serious about retaining their Premir League status this year, it might be what is necessary.

In other Leeds United news, Liam Cooper is fit to start against Manchester City despite not being involved in the friendly against Monaco