By Craig Scott

14th Jul, 2022 | 6:40am

Leeds United ready move to sign Josh Tymon after Jesse Marsch bombshell on Wednesday

Leeds United are readying a swoop to sign Stoke City left-back Josh Tymon after it was confirmed that Junior Firpo will miss eight weeks of action, according to the Daily Mail.

The newspaper reported via their print edition on Thursday (14 July, page 83) the Whites are preparing to make a swoop for the 23-year-old full-back, who was born in Hull.

On Wednesday (13 July), Jesse Marsch confirmed via The Athletic that Firpo, 25, will be sidelined until early September with an injury he suffered in the pre-season win over Blackpool last week.

Clever business

Leeds’ left-back issues have been ongoing since they won promotion to the Premier League.

While Ezgjan Alioski was a fan favourite at Elland Road, the North Macedonia international was never good enough defensively to be a Premier League left-back and was understandably moved on last year.

Firpo was brought in from Barcelona but he unfortunately flopped in his debut season in the Premier League due to poor form, continual injuries, failure to cope with decent attackers and the fact he was constantly getting booked.

Firpo has shown glimpses of promise so we don’t think the club should give up on him just yet.

However, his injury – on top of Stuart Dallas’ long-term injury – mean that Leeds are without a proper left-back in their senior squad and signing at least a back-up option for Firpo is a must.

Tymon is 23 years old and has done well in the EFL with former club Hull and current employers Stoke.

The Scottish Sun reported last month (4 June) that he’s valued at £5million by Stoke, which is more than affordable for Leeds – you would imagine.

Whether Tymon is seen as a back-up or a starting left-back, the added competition for Firpo will be a huge boost to the squad overall.

Let’s hope this one gets done.

In other Leeds United news, the Whites are set to use fresh funding to try and complete a box-office signing at Elland Road.