By Nick Ware

27th Jul, 2021 | 7:10am

Leeds United could still sign midfielder from overseas - Alan Nixon

Leeds United are still weighing up a move for a central midfielder that doesn’t play in the UK, according to The Sun journalist Alan Nixon.

The Whites seem set on signing a central midfielder this summer after Pablo Hernandez left earlier this summer, and Chelsea’s Conor Gallagher has been heavily linked over the past week, with The Athletic reporting that an approach had been made for the 21-year-old.

However, writing via his personal Twitter profile on Monday evening, Nixon claims the midfielder could still be from overseas, after being asked if there was still a “foreign” option by a Leeds fan. Nixon said: “Believe so, but it’s been possible for a couple of months and not happened.”

Permanent please

The Gallagher link has disturbed Leeds fans for one reason – he would only be signing on a loan deal.

There would not be a permanent clause attached, and that has concerned supporters who want to avoid another Ben White scenario where they get attached to the player, watch him develop and then see him return to his parent club.

As such, a permanent midfield signing would be much more ideal.

However, as Nixon alludes to, that’s easier said than done.

It looks like Leeds have been eyeing someone up for at least two months, or possible a few players.

For whatever reason, nothing has come off yet.

The Premier League season kicks off in less than three weeks, so the club will have to hurry up their pursuit in order to get them in for the Manchester United opener at Old Trafford [August 14].

Marcelo Bielsa does still have a wealth of options at his disposal, though, with Kalvin Phillips, Stuart Dallas, Mateusz Klich and Rodrigo just a few star-studded names that can play in the central midfield areas.

In other Leeds United news, a talkSPORT pundit has made a Bielsa exit suggestion in ‘Lucky’ Whites swipe.