Contract rebel Macleod could be a cut-price Saiz replacement for Leeds
Leeds United are going to step up their interest in Brentford midfielder Lewis Macleod next month, according to the Sun.
The Bees midfielder is out of contract in the summer and has apparently rejected the offer of a new deal at Griffin Park, and will leave the club for certain at the end of the season.
But Leeds are reportedly ready to accelerate his departure from west London, and the situation regarding Samu Saiz’ departure may well have something to do with their sudden readiness to act.
The playmaker could well be set to return to Spain, with Getafe, after apparently becoming unsettled at Elland Road and that may well alter Marcelo Bielsa’s January plans.
And Macleod’s dwindling contract situation means that he could be available for a lower fee in January, allowing Leeds to keep their promotion bid on the rails without breaking the bank.
He would perhaps not set the world alight, but he is playing well enough to be a decent backup creative midfield option, especially if Saiz does end up departing.
Macleod has three goals from midfield this season and given that Saiz’s goalscoring contribution has dried up somewhat this season, that could prove to be a valuable addition.