Leeds turn their attention to Spanish International midfielder

18 Jan 2024 08:46 am, by Ellandback1

Good Morning. It's Thursday 18th January, and here are the latest headlines from Elland Road

Leeds turn their attention to Spanish International midfielder

With a move for Ben Davies unlikely, Leeds Utd Technical Director Gretar Steinsson could use his influence with the Spurs hierarchy to capture highly rated Spain International Bryan Gil. The creative 22 year old can play on either wing or attacking midfield. He's only played 187 minutes of game time all season, prompting him to ask Tottenham Hotspur Supremo Daniel Levy for a transfer request.

Reports from Spain indicate Spurs are set to cut their losses for the former Sevilla academy player. They splashed out £21.6m for him at the beginning of the 21/22 season, but are now willing to accept just £7m. A swap deal involving Wilfred Gnonto is not off the table either. Spurs are long time admirers of the Italian International, who has failed to live up to promise this season.

USA defender with close ties to Arronsson linked with Whites

USA International centre-back Mark McKenzie is the latest in a long line of defenders linked with a move to Elland Road this month. The 24 year old is a product of the Philadelphia Union Academy, and played alongside Brendan Arronson in their youth set-up. After graduating, the pair played for Bethlehem Steel (Philadelphia's second team), before both being promoted to Union's first XI.

Genk want £8.5m, but whilst Leeds wouldn't have a problem raising the cash, they face competition from Everton, West Ham and Brighton. McKenzie is unlikely to dislodge either Struijk or Rodon, and as he cannot play another position, a deal is unlikely to materialise!

Defender speculation heats up

Speculation that Leeds will sign a top flight defender this month are gathering pace. Ben Johnson, Neco Williams, Chris Mepham, Borna Barisic, Connor Roberts, Ben Davies and now Mark McKenzie have all been linked with moves to LS11, but have less than two weeks left to complete any deal.

Nico Williams and Ben Johnson are believed to top Daniel Farke's shopping list, but Nottingham Forest are reluctant to part with Williams, and Johnson's attitude is questionable, and is holding West Ham to ransom to try and triple his salary.

Borna Barisic has rejected talks to extend his current deal at Ibrox beyond the end of the season, but without a replacement, they would be mad to let the Croatian International leave!

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JoeDenver wrote on 18 Jan 2024 08:52 pm

Kennyb41 wrote: Thu Jan 18, 2024 10:59 am Also appealing is the thought of some deals with Spurs involving Gnonto, especially if we can involve Rodon in part.

This is my biggest hope of the window. Getting Rodon locked down long term would solve a lot of future problems come summer. And it would be such a shame to watch him in another club’s kit next season. Almost couldn’t bear the sight of it.

Phild wrote on 18 Jan 2024 05:19 pm

At least the Welsh signings have proved more successful than the Spaniards
Who would have believed that!!!!

Leeds1000 wrote on 18 Jan 2024 04:52 pm

Quite window so far. Maybe the FFP penalties dished out are putting the breaks on. Citeh have got to be quaking in their boots. What about man u & chelski they clubs have been throwing money around like confetti for years and in mu case with very little success. I know citeh paid a massive fine years ago but no one knows who to....

I think we will get the 2 new loans in and then the club will assess again at the end of the season.

The Subhuman wrote on 18 Jan 2024 02:27 pm

marie67 wrote: Thu Jan 18, 2024 10:52 am This looks like a lot of throw a dart and hope it hits type speculation.

I'd say no to acquiring Bryan Gil or a swap for Gnonto.
I’d agree

Sean_Nile wrote on 18 Jan 2024 01:49 pm

Kennyb41 wrote: Thu Jan 18, 2024 1:35 pm Are we talking Donald Trump here ?
You can't always get what you want
But if you try sometime you'll find
You get what you need.