Leeds United are already planning for the summer transfer window and director of football Victor Orta is drawing up a list of targets, according to the Mirror.

The newspaper claims that “signing a playmaker is top of his list” after the Whites failed to sign one last summer despite wanting to.

Leeds almost signed Michael Cuisance from Bayern Munich before the now-Marseille midfielder failed a medical with the Yorkshire club.

Another big summer at Elland Road?

Leeds spent a lot of money – around £100million – on new players after winning promotion from the Championship but the Whites still find themselves in the bottom half of the Premier League.

While we’re only halfway through the season and Leeds can still finish higher, this campaign has shown that if you invest well and have a good manager at the helm, you can mount a serious challenge for a spot in Europe.

That should be Leeds’ aim – or at least continue building a squad that could challenge for a top seven or eight spot.

After seeing Diego Llorente and Robin Koch hit by injury issues this season, a new centre-back wouldn’t go amiss and nor would a new back-up goalkeeper.

One or two new central midfielders would be superb, as would a new left-back so there are definitely areas we should be looking to improve in the next transfer window.

We don’t envisage many outgoings unless stupidly big offers are made for some of the in-form players like Kalvin Phillips, Raphinha or Patrick Bamford so keeping the core of the squad together – and the manager – would be a great window.

In other Leeds United news, there’s been a major update on the future of Leeds playing at Elland Road.

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