Leeds United have a history of struggling early in the transfer window and this summer has been a very slow start again, but there are important external factors worth considering. No Championship club is recruiting much, the season isn’t actually over and we have been working on an investment behind the scenes which has just completed.
Aston Villa and Fulham are yet to know which division they are to play in next season and you can hardly blame clubs for being slow this summer with the window sprung upon them basically the day it opened. With the window opening a month before normal and shutting the same amount of time before it historically has it will upset normal proceedings at most clubs. Leeds plans will have been made but clearly the anticipation of an investment of around £10 million changed the outlook.
Jerry Mbakogu was on the brink of joining the club but it was put on hold as Leeds turned their attention to prolific striker Abel Hernandez. The money coming in from the San Francisco 49ers deal is said to be just over the £10 million mark which the club are suggesting will all be pumped into summer transfers. The fact that the club turned their attention just a week before new investment landed at the doors of Elland Road speaks volumes for what that money will bring. £10 million isn’t always seen as much money, but if you add that to the Leeds budget set already it helps massively.
Nothing much to add on signings latest yet. Club obviously looking to sign Abel Hernandez, Kyle Bartley and Angus Gunn. There are other options too. Will do some more chasing/digging and will post with any updates. Not expecting anything imminently i.e today/weekend. #lufc
— Lee Sobot (@LeeSobotYEP) May 25, 2018
Kyle Bartley is the obvious one that the club are working on. The price for the player may be eased now that he has made it clear he wants the move to Leeds United. Photos of Kyle Bartley and Leeds defender Luke Ayling on holiday together hit social media yesterday and fans were delighted to see the pair back together. Great friends Ayling told the media he would “be in the ear” of Bartley during their two holidays this summer and it seems there is no need.
Angus Gunn is the other high-profile target that Leeds have shown interest in. The England and Manchester City goalkeeper had a great season at Norwich and was expected to head to the Premier League on loan but perhaps the idea of game time has meant that City are open to a bid to take the player on loan to Leeds. Gunn would probably push Baily Peacock-Farrell out of the team which seems a shame given the Northern Irish youngsters progress but progress is what it is and if Gunn is the better goalkeeper then so be it.
Next week we should see some movement on the transfer front as players begin to filter back from their early summer holidays looking to sort their future and that means ins and outs all over. Players will become available and the likes of Swansea will want to sort out who’s staying and who’s going as soon as possible. Leeds have their house in order after this week’s news, now we need to get the household goods sorted, and Bartley would be the perfect start.