Transfer Window Special

01 Feb 2024 08:55 am, by Ellandback1

Good Morning. It's Thursday 1st February, and here are the latest headlines from Elland Road

West Ham to test Leeds resolve with late Gnonto bid

Leeds may face a late battle to keep hold of Wilfred Gnonto, as West Ham Utd prepare to test Leeds resolve with a late bid for the 20yo Italian International.

Thus far, Gnonto has had a season to forget. He didn't to get his move to Everton last Summer, falling out with both the Elland Road faithful, and the Leeds hierarchy in the process; whilst on the field, he's failed to live up to expectations.

With 712 minutes of league game time under his belt, the 20yo has contributed very little (1 goal & one assist). Even so, Leeds recognise his potential, and are close to agreeing new terms with him.

His present contract runs for another three and a half years, but Leeds have put a package together that will vastly improve his salary, if he agrees to a further 18 months.

More spin than a tornado

Speaking at his pre-match presser yesterday, Daniel Farke remained coy regarding transfer activity, to or from Elland Road in the closing stages of the Winter transfer window.

Farke spoke of the difficulties of finding players that were both affordable, and would improve the squad, and would be working tirelessly in the last 24 hours to make it happen.

The only thing wrong with this statement, is that Leeds fans have heard it all before, many times! If truth be known, the club is still recovering from being looted and pillaged last Summer.

Messrs Hammond and Steinsson performed magnificently during the Summer to repair the damage, but the jobs only half done!

They have had MONTHS to prepare for this window, and to say 'we'll use the last 24 hours to work on it' reeks of contempt. It may have been a righteous decision to get rid of Spence, but to do so without a replacement may well cost Leeds dearly.
"We had a period during this window when we had some injury concerns but it has elevated a lot," "We could do with some additions in the defence, but the January transfer window is difficult and it is difficult to improve or squad.

"We don't want to just bring numbers in. If someone comes in we want the full package and someone who improves us that is affordable. It is not easy in January to find this package. If not we keep going with what we have got."

"We felt we could do with one or two additions with the defence. We're playing a fantastic season so far and it's difficult to improve our squad. In January it's not easy to find this package. We'll use the last 24 hours to work on it. If we find it, great. If not we go with what we've got."

Leeds could turn their attention to Holgate

talkSPORT presenter Alex Crook has told viewers that Leeds United making a late move for Everton defender Mason Holgate is 'one to still keep an eye on'.

His season long loan at Southampton has not gone to plan, having slipped down the pecking order at St Mary's. Rumours from the South Coast suggest that after just four league starts this season, they would be happy to see the back of the 27yo.

Holgate, along with fellow Toffee's team mate Ben Godfrey, and Burnley forgotten man Connor Roberts are understood to be the main three names on the table, but with just hours remaining, can Leeds pull it off?

If this is the best Leeds can come up with, should the Elland Road hierarchy have a rethink about their recruitment process?

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hector wrote on 02 Feb 2024 05:31 pm

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whiteswan wrote on 02 Feb 2024 04:29 pm

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Carrick Dave wrote on 01 Feb 2024 11:18 pm

Carrick Dave wrote on 01 Feb 2024 11:02 pm

Still no Roberts announcement. :lol:

Is there Fergie time in transfer windows?