Despite Leeds United going on record and saying that January would be a quiet month for transfers, so far five have come in and there could be more.

Leeds have confirmed the long hinted-at transfer of Japan rising star Yosuke Ideguchi from J-League outfit Gamba Osaka, before loaning him out to Spanish second-tier outfit Cultural Leonesa.

The Whites have also signed a left-back in Club Brugge’s Laurens De Bock, his arrival giving the Elland Road outfit that natural left-back that the fans had wanted since the departure of Charlie Taylor to Burnley.

Three others have also joined the club in young Finnish central defender Aapo Halme, Benfica striker Oliver Sarkic and young Polish keeper Kamil Miazek, all destined for the Under-23s in the first instance.

Five seems a lot, but with three unlikely, and one definitely not playing a part for Leeds United this season fans will argue that more are needed. Not in Cellino-esque quantity over quality ideas of ‘more needed’, but fans will tell you that this is a threadbare squad, despite the support it receives from head coach Thomas Christiansen that he is happy with what he has got.

However, five could soon become more according to Thomas Christiansen in his post-match presser after the narrow defeat against Ipswich Town at Portman Road. The news of Christiansen’s musings comes courtesy of the following tweets from BBC Radio Leeds’ Adam Pope.

That second tweet, with the direct quotation from Thomas Christiansen himself, is the most telling that Leeds United have irons in the fire when it comes to current transfer negotiations. Who those irons are though, that’s a different matter that will unravel over the next 17 days or so.

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