By Danny Wright

Leeds manager Thomas Christiansen has asserted that he will not be drawn into panic-buying during the current summer transfer window.

The Whites have already made a host of additions to their first-team squad before they jetted out to Austria for a pre-season training camp on Friday.

However the Yorkshire giants are yet to bolster their options in the centre of defence, and despite already signing seven new players, Christiansen admits that he is still pursuing new additions.

“We do need to strengthen in the defence,” said the recently-appointed Leeds boss to the Yorkshire Post. “That is a priority now. We have been working to try and do the best signings that we can across the whole team. But defence is a priority now, that is obvious.

“Again, though, I want to sign what we are looking for and what can help the team. I do not want us to sign in desperation, someone who is not better than what we have.”

Leeds only have Pontus Jansson and Liam Cooper as their only viable centre-back options at the moment, with the big Swede set to miss the first two fixtures of the domestic season through a suspension he picked up for earning 15 yellow cards in the 2016/17 campaign.

The Whites have proved ruthless in the transfer market so far following a change in leadership with Christiansen replacing Garry Monk and Andrea Radrizzani gaining full ownership of the club.

However no centre-backs have been brought in to replace the void left by Kyle Bartley following his return to Swansea at the end of his loan spell.

Goal reported in June that the Whites had made a bid for Sweden’s international centre-back Filip Helander, but nothing has come to light since.

In other Leeds news, there is announcement expected within hours after the Whites have pursued this Premier League striker.

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