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Leeds should look to use Barry Douglas to sign Will Hughes from Watford - TBR View

Leeds United are said to be still on the hunt for a new midfield player and now have just a few days to sign someone from the EFL if that’s an avenue the club wishes to explore.

The likes of Todd Cantwell have been mentioned as a potential signing, while Derby youngster, Louis Sibley, is also said to be on the radar of Marcelo Bielsa and his scouting team.

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But nothing seems close to being agreed just yet and it looks like another case of going right down to the wire for the Whites.

They missed out on signing Bayern midfielder Michael Cuisance in the summer window. And although they did sign Raphinha, the Brazilian will likely be deployed in wider areas rather than a more advance midfield role.

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However, one player who the club could look to sign and they have a potential trump card to do so, is Watford man, Will Hughes.

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The 25-year-old has bags of PL experience already and has already played over 250 career games across the top two tiers of English football.

And Leeds could well have an ace up their sleeves when it comes to landing Hughes in the form of left-back, Barry Douglas.

A nice sweetener

This weekend’s papers have linked Douglas with a move to Vicarage Road. The Sun on Sunday (11/10, P61), claimed that the Scot is on the radar of the Hornets as they search for new full-backs.

And this could play into the hands of Leeds if they did want to sign Hughes. Offering Watford first refusal on Douglas, who has also attracted admiring glances from Celtic, would give the Whites the upper hand.

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Hughes is a fine midfield player. He’s only 25, but his experience (77 PL appearances), and quality on the ball is something Leeds can benefit from both immediately and into the future.

So, with time ticking away on the window for the EFL and Watford needing to trim their wage bill, Leeds making a move for Hughes with Douglas as the bait could be a win-win all around.

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