Leeds boss explains transfer situation plus reported Middlesbrough, Celtic and Derby County target discussed
Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa says the club aren’t looking to sign any more players in January following the arrival of striker Jean-Kevin Augustin on loan from Red Bull Leipzig.
The Whites were looking to add another forward to their squad after Arsenal recalled Eddie Nketiah from a loan spell earlier this month.
Several names have been linked with a move to Elland Road, while one national report claimed Middlesbrough’s Britt Assombalonga was on Leeds’ radar.
It’s possible the Whites took a look at the Boro forward, yet local reports suggested he wasn’t a primary target.
Leeds were also credited with interest in Southampton’s Che Adams, yet Augustin’s arrival means they won’t be pursuing another striker in January.
When asked if Leeds could sign any more players this month, Bielsa said: “We are not going to add another player. So we're done.”
Rodgers keen on Benkovic loan move
In terms of incomings, the clock is ticking for Boro to sign another centre-back.
The Teessiders have been tracking several targets and are still hopeful they can sign another defender before the end of the month.
Leicester’s Filip Benkovic is the latest name to be linked with a move to the Riverside, while Derby, Bristol City and Celtic have also been credited with interest.
Foxes boss Brendan Rodgers is keen for the player to leave on loan but says a move will depend on bringing in a replacement.
“We’re hopeful that will be sooner rather than later, over the next few days, if we can bring in a centre-half then that will give him a chance to get out," said Rodgers following Leicester’s FA Cup win over Brentford.
“He definitely needs the games and we’re hoping that will take place.”
Leicester have been linked with a move for Danish defender Jannik Vestergaard from Southampton, yet a deal appears tricky.
When asked about Vestergaard, Saints boss Ralph Hasenhuttl said: “I don’t want to talk about any rumours. Nobody was in my office and said they wanted to leave us. We don’t have to sell any other players."