By Craig Scott

5th Jan, 2020 | 10:38am

Leeds plot unexpected swoop to sign £10,000-a-wk PL midfielder - report

Leeds United are plotting an unexpected swoop to sign Sheffield United midfielder Luke Freeman before the end of the January transfer window, according to the Sun on Sunday.

The newspaper reported on January 5 [print edition, page 61] that Freeman, 27, is out-of-favour at Bramall Lane despite joining the Blades in a £5million deal from QPR in the summer.

It is understood that both Leeds and their Yorkshire rivals hope to agree on a deal before the end of the month.

Freeman has made just 11 appearances in all competitions for Sheffield United and only started two games in the Premier League.

Although the Sun on Sunday says that the former QPR ace is a striker, he certainly is not and has played as either a central or attacking midfielder for the Blades.

Last season at QPR, according to transfermarkt, Freeman made 38 appearances on the left-wing and 10 as an attacking midfielder.

If Marcelo Bielsa believes that Freeman can replace Eddie Nketiah and play as a striker then he is going to have a short period of time to mould the 27-year-old from a midfielder into a centre-forward.

Leeds could do with some extra options in their midfield anyway and the £10,000-a-week [Spotrac] ace can also play on the wings.

However if the Whites are already looking good for automatic promotion to the Premier League, it could be a questionable approach to sign players who have struggled to make an impact in the top-flight – unless Bielsa sees something that other managers haven’t.

In other Leeds United news, Ezgjan Alioski has been raving about this never-before-seen Leeds ace.