By Craig Scott

1st Jan, 2022 | 11:10am

Leeds United could stretch transfer budget to £20million in January

Leeds United may have a transfer budget worth £20million as they look to add to the squad in the January transfer window, according to Guardian journalist Louise Taylor.

Writing on the Guardian journalist, she reports that Leeds might be able to “stretch” to that figure as they seek reinforcements in a number of positions.

Taylor names Reading star John Swift as a central midfield target for the Whites while she also says a new striker and defender may also be required by Marcelo Bielsa and Victor Orta.

And the rest

Leeds need players in so many areas of the squad because their activity in the summer simply wasn’t enough.

Daniel James may well end up being a good signing for United but did they really need to spend as much as they did on the Wales winger when there were major issues in other areas of Bielsa’s squad?

Leeds tried all summer to sign a central midfielder. Their pursuits of signing Conor Gallagher on loan and trying to sign Lewis O’Brien on a rather cheap deal suggested there wasn’t much money left in the bank to sign a centre-mid.

However, Leeds then went out and sign James for an initial fee of £25million, rising to £30million. What!?

Bielsa needs an experienced back-up goalkeeper for Illan Meslier because his performances have dipped since Kiko Casilla left. He also needs a new left-back and maybe even a new right-back to add some proper depth in those positions.

We could be fine at centre-back as long as players stay fit with four decent options there in Bielsa’s squad but we need probably two central midfielders and a new back-up striker.

That’s a lot of players but they are also issues we saw in the squad back in the summer when it should’ve been fixed.

In other Leeds United news, a loan-to-buy deal is on the cards for the Whites to sign this player in January with a club ready to sell.