By Nick Ware

8th Jun, 2021 | 3:40pm

Beren Cross: Victor Orta hopes to complete Leeds United transfer within weeks

Leeds United could be set to make their first transfer of the summer in the next few weeks, according to Leeds Live journalist Beren Cross.

The reliable Whites reporter dropped the update on a Leeds Live Facebook video [08/06/21], where he discussed the upcoming transfer window, which officially opens on Wednesday, June 8.

Leeds are yet to announce a completed transfer, but Cross says that could change in the coming weeks.

“They’ve had the names in place for quite some time and it’s just a case of moving on them now,” he said.

“I know Victor [Orta] is moving ahead with one in particular which he is hoping to have done within the next few weeks.

“But we’ll have to wait and see how it progresses because as we well know, there’s a million and one factors in a transfer deal and a lot of them are beyond Victor and Leeds United’s control.”

Who will it be?

There have been plenty of names floated around in the last few weeks and months, so it would take a brave person to guess as to who it might be.

Among the priorities is surely a left-back, with Ezgjan Alioski out of contract at the end of June and his future still uncertain.

Could Romain Perraud be pitching up in West Yorkshire? That one sounds unlikely now given Southampton are in advanced talks with his club Brest over an £8.5million deal, as per Express journalist Ryan Taylor on his personal Twitter profile, though he still mentioned Leeds as having an interest in the 23-year-old.

Other areas that are likely to require reinforcing are midfield and attack, though it appears the long-held dream of Rodrigo De Paul finally emerging onto the Elland Road pitch has been scuppered by Atletico Madrid [Fabrizio Romano], with the Whites priced out of a deal.

Whoever comes through the door, though, will arrive with our full backing as we trust Orta implicitly to sign more gems.

In other Leeds United news, a BBC journalist has posted confirmation of a major Whites shake-up at boardroom level.