With less than a week left before Leeds United kick off their Championship campaign at home to Derby County in the 5.15pm game on Saturday, Simon grayson has admitted he would like to bring in a few more new players.
With Robert Snodgrass and Billy Paynter both injured and looking to miss the first few games of the season along with midfielder Max Gradel and striker Davide Somma suspended for the first four and three games respectively, grayson wants some cover.
Now, a close source to me told me before the Wolves game on Saturday that he had been in Elland Road having a drink on the Friday night when Ken Bates was also present. He claimed that Bates was over in Leeds to see the game but also so he could negotiate two deals to bring players into the club before he jets back off to his haven in Monaco on Monday.
So who could these two players be?
Fans have been calling out for another central midfielder with some experience as questions had been asked over Johnny Howson last season and Neil Kilkenny was sometimes accused of not getting stuck in like he should.
But who is out there that would suit this position? There is the option to bring back Michael Doyle who was on loan all last season but Grayson has quashed these rumours earlier in the summer.
The other position would be a striker. Luciano Becchio is a certain starter this season, but with Paynter out injured at the moment that only leaves Mike Grella and Davide Somma to partner him upfront. Mike Grella proved to be poular with the fans last season but was rarely used and Davide Somma was sent out on loan to League Two side Lincoln last season so neither are proven first team players.
One surprise name linked with a move is Manchester United youngster Corry Evans, younger brother of Johnny, who can play in midfield or defence but like i already said, it is experience Leeds need in midfield.
The whites have been linked with all the strikers under the sun so far with Billy Sharpe, Gary Hooper and of course Billy Panyter who did of course sign.
A striker with pace and skill is what some fans want which would make sense. Becchio is very talented at winning balls in the air and last season often created chances for Becford by heading the ball on to him. With him winning hte ball and passing the ball on to a smaller, nippier kind of striker could prove useful.
There could still be some surprises up Simon Grayson’s sleeve before the week is out so watch this space!
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