One of the areas Leeds United may well look to strengthen this summer is in the middle of the park.
The Whites have enjoyed an outstanding first year back in the Premier League. But it does appear that they could do with greater depth in midfield.
Stuart Dallas has been a revelation. But he is not naturally a central midfielder. Meanwhile, Mateusz Klich’s form has dipped at times this term.
Marcelo Bielsa could opt to put more faith in the hugely talented youngsters on the books at Elland Road. The likes of Alfie McCalmont and Robbie Gotts are close to returning from impressive loan spells.
But it may be one area of the squad that would benefit from the arrival of a new signing. And perhaps a very decent option has emerged in recent days.
The Guardian reported last week that the likes of West Ham and Newcastle have approached Mario Lemina’s representatives about a potential move.
The midfielder’s future looks to be uncertain with Fulham in danger of being relegated. And it is claimed that parent club Southampton are open to selling the Gabon international for just £7 million.
Admittedly, Lemina’s form in the Premier League has been incredibly mixed. And there is one major issue that may, understandably, leave supporters slamming the idea that Leeds should target him.
Lemina has previously been on loan at Galatasaray. And there are likely to be some fans who will never back a move for a player who has previously represented that club.
He is a player who has previously worked under Bielsa at Marseille. And he has enjoyed some superb moments for the Saints and for Fulham.
It would be a gamble to make a move. But if he is available for just £7 million, it may prove to be a very shrewd piece of business when you consider the options Leeds already have.