Despite starting the season in style with a 3-1 victory over title favourites Stoke City, Leeds United are expected to remain active in the transfer market. Marcelo Bielsa is keen to replace Ronaldo Vieira after he left the club for Sampdoria and others could join.
Patrick Bamford has been the marquee signing to date this summer as a £10 million arrival from Middlesbrough but failed to make it off the bench at Elland Road on Sunday.
Here are the three men who could be on their way to Yorkshire before deadline day comes to a close:
George Saville – Millwall
The Daily Mail say that the Northern Irish international is being targeted by Leeds and Aston Villa, with the Whites potentially seeing him as a replacement for Vieira. Millwall signed the central midfielder from Wolves for just £350,000 last summer and are unlikely to be keen to allow him to leave.
If Saville is on the move, it may take a big bid to land him, particularly if Villa enter into a bidding war, but a midfielder is clearly high on Bielsa’s wish list.
Lukas Nmecha – Manchester City
A striker could also join as The Sun say that the good relationship between Bielsa and Pep Guardiola could see a transfer come to fruition. That may be the case with 19-year-old Lukas Nmecha, who may join on loan to get invaluable first team experience after making his debut for the Citizens against West Ham in April.
The England under 21 international scored 19 goals in 14 games for City’s under 23 team last season and could bring his prolific powers to Leeds if he does complete a loan switch as expected.
Ryan Woods – Brentford
Leeds Live say that Woods is a target for Leeds and he was left out of Brentford’s squad who beat Rotherham this weekend as his future remains uncertain. A proven midfielder in the same mould of Saville, he may be an alternative and could even be first choice in the hunt for a midfielder.
“Usually I express my point of view on a decision when it’s taken. I’m not sure if another player will come in for Ronaldo or not. ?What makes the situation more complicated is that Adam [Forshaw] will be out for six to eight weeks, so we have to think about it.?”
Bielsa clearly wants to strengthen in the position and the former Shrewsbury man has developed a fine reputation after his dominant displays over the past two years, though a deal is not thought to be close yet.