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Leeds United must target these three loan signings before the window closes

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Leeds United must target these three loan signings before the window closes

Marcelo Bielsa hasn’t quite finished assembling his squad just yet, with more new recruits likely to be on the agenda.

Leeds United have made a scintillating start to their 2018/19 Championship campaign and there is real optimism that this season can be the one where they return to the Premier League.

Marcelo Bielsa’s side defeated Rotherham United 2-0 at Elland Road on Saturday, with the Argentinean becoming the first manager in the club’s history to win his first three league games in charge.

The Whites are very much a club back on the up and the feel factor is evident around Elland Road given that 33,699 witnessed Saturday’s victory over their Yorkshire rivals.

The club’s spending spree took some time to burst into life during the summer and Bielsa will probably be looking to add some more recruits before the loan window shuts, adding to the likes of Barry Douglas and Patrick Bamford who were the Whites’ marquee signings over the close season.

The Boot Room assesses three players who make ideal loan additions before the end of the month.

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Farès Bahlouli

The 23-year-old played under the current Leeds boss during his time with French outfit Lille and a reunion could be on the cards before the loan window closes, according to the Yorkshire Evening Post.

A versatile attacking talent, Bahlouli has represented France through the various youth levels and he would represent something of a coup for Leeds if a deal can be brokered.

Bahlouli hasn’t featured for Lille during their first two games of the season and that in itself makes a move to Elland Road all the more likely.


Marcus Maddison

The Peterborough United attacking midfielder has been the subject of intense interest throughout the summer, whilst the Peterborough Telegraph has reported talks of discussions between Bielsa and Posh boss Steve Evans.

The 24-year-old is clearly a talented player, scoring 12 goals and providing a whopping 23 assists in all competitions last season.

Any deal that is struck now will have to be a loan initially with a fee likely to be agreed ready for the January transfer window opening. It is safe to say, however, that Maddison won’t be at London Road for much longer given his huge potential.

Yannick Bolasie

Leeds United already boast a sizeable amount of attacking talent but with Everton preparing to loan out their winger, the Whites should make themselves interested in the 29-year-old’s availability.

The DR Congo international was in fine form for the Toffees prior to picking up a serious knee ligament injury two seasons ago, with regular first-team football now a necessity if he is to revive his career.

Bolasie would be a remarkable addition to any Championship squad and his arrival at Leeds would further enhance their chances of a title challenge.

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