By Daniel Feliciano

6th Jan, 2022 | 3:40pm

Leeds hope to sign 'at least' one midfielder, three rumours quashed - report

Leeds are looking to sign ‘at least’ one midfielder this month, but it won’t be Ross Barkley, Boubacar Kamara or Ben Brereton-Diaz according to The Mirror.

Leeds have been linked with several players for January, as they look to bolster their squad ahead of the second half of the season in which they battle relegation.

Marcelo Bielsa is known to be keen to sign a midfielder this month, and had been linked with Chelsea’s Barkley [TEAMtalk] and Marseille’s Kamara [Mail on Sunday] as potential cut-price deals.

However according to the reliable David Anderson, Leeds are not targeting those two players and they have no intention of making a move for Blackburn striker Brereton-Diaz either.

The report states that Leeds have identified ‘three or four’ targets for the January window but despite previously holding an interest in Kamara, they don’t want to sign him this month.

Barkley is also not under consideration despite likely being available to leave Stamford Bridge and having a loan spell at Elland Road earlier in his career.

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The news that Leeds are indeed keen to bring in a couple of midfielders this winter is positive, but the fact it’s none of the linked names is quite surprising.

Other names to be linked with the club include Reading midfielder John Swift [Phil Hay], but he seemed to be the least attainable of the names mentioned so it will be incredibly interesting to see who the club have targeted.

With that said, it isn’t necessarily the worst decision the club could have made. Barkley hardly tore the Premier League up during his loan spell with Aston Villa last year, while Kamara would likely demand hefty wages and is available for free in the summer.

If the club signed him to a deal and went down, they’d face severe financial trouble so it’s probably not worth the gamble if they have identified other targets.

It’s imperative that the club are able to secure those signings though, or they face a very difficult task of staying in the Premier League next season.

In other Leeds news, club make final decision on January transfer and plan further talks with agent – report