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Three loans Bielsa should target this week to propel Leeds to promotion

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Three loans Bielsa should target this week to propel Leeds to promotion

Leeds are seeking at least one more signing before Friday’s deadline.

Leeds United have enjoyed a storming start to the Championship season but Marcelo Bielsa remains in the hunt for further additions.

The Peacocks have until Friday to conclude their activity in the market, as the end of August brings an end to the loan window and a number of names have been floating around as potential arrivals at Elland Road.

With Leeds firmly established as the early pacesetters in the Championship, further recruits could provide a strong boost that could help the Yorkshire giants bring an end to their long wait for a return to the Premier League.

Here, we have rounded up some reports and identified three targets who Bielsa should push for this week.

Reece Oxford (West Ham)

According to reports from The Yorkshire Evening Post, Leeds have considered making a move for West Ham talent Reece Oxford and it seems increasingly likely that the Hammers’ academy graduate will leave the London Stadium this week.

The Daily Mail says Eredivisie side AZ Alkmaar and LaLiga minnows Eibar have both made a move for the 19-year-old West Ham man, with Manuel Pellegrini’s side considering allowing the teenager to move on loan in a deal that is also reported to include a future fee of £2m for a permanent deal.

Capable of playing in a holding midfield role or as a central defender, Oxford’s versatility would be a fine asset for Bielsa’s squad and a future deal for just £2m is a bargain that cannot be ignored.

 

Nick Powell (Wigan Athletic)

Already shining in the Championship with Wigan, Nick Powell has excelled by scoring three goals and contributing a further three assists in the first five matches of the Latics’ return to the second-tier but his future is in doubt.

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Having entered the final year of his contract with Wigan, TeamTalk states the club are prepared to accept an offer this week that would see the 24-year-old former Manchester United man move on loan until January before then making a switch permanent in the New Year.

The report says that Wigan want around £5m for the midfielder and that promotion rivals Middlesbrough currently lead the chase for his services – and Leeds would regret not completing a move if he heads to Teesside.

Phil Foden (Manchester City)

A player who would be difficult to secure, Phil Foden has been touted with a move to Leeds United throughout the summer due to Marcelo Bielsa’s close links with Premier League champions Manchester City – and speculation shows no signs of dying out.

Yorkshire Evening Post reporter Phil Hay has sparked a frenzy on social media after stating that Bielsa is eyeing an attacking midfielder from the top-flight before the loan window slams shut on Friday, with many speculating that Foden could be the man.

Securing the England talent would be a significant coup for Leeds and Bielsa but Pep Guardiola rates the 18-year-old highly and he could be handed first-team chances with Kevin De Bruyne facing an extended period on the sidelines through injury.

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