By Craig Scott

2nd Feb, 2022 | 7:10am

Leeds United want to sign big-name players in summer transfer window

Leeds United feel as though they are going to be “big hitters” in the summer transfer window after a quiet January, according to Dean Jones.

Speaking to GiveMeSport, the Eurosport journalist reported that Leeds want to add “big names” to the squad in the next transfer window.

Leeds have been widely criticised by fans for failing to sign a single new player for their senior squad in January, despite a major injury crisis at Elland Road.

However, Jones suggests there’ll be a significant outlay to improve the squad in the summer.

“They have huge ambition and they’re going to be big hitters, they feel, in the transfer market, maybe from the summer,” he told GiveMeSport.

“They certainly will be by this time next year. They think they can be going for some big names, but they couldn’t really buy those players in January.”

One positive

If there’s one positive to take from the quiet January transfer window, it’s that money has been saved for the summer when Leeds will be able to do even more business than what they originally may have planned.

One player who we can expect the Whites to go in for in the summer is Red Bull Salzburg’s Brenden Aaronson after it was widely reported that two bids went in for him in January but were rejected by the Austrians.

Leeds simply must address their midfield options and signing only Aaronson, 21, wouldn’t be enough.

Raphinha and Kalvin Phillips are expected to attract attention and if one or both of those leave – god forbid – then replacements will be needed.

Up front, Patrick Bamford’s absence due to injury this season highlights our shortcomings in the striker department while we could also do with a new goalkeeper to either serve as a back-up for Illan Meslier or apply pressure on the Frenchman.

It also wouldn’t hurt to add to the full-back areas, potentially loan out some of the younger players who are breaking through and we also all know that Bielsa loves a new winger every summer.

In other Leeds United news, there’s been a massive question about Bielsa’s future raised by Phil Hay.