By Alex Stevens
Garry Monk wants Leeds to sign a striker and central midfielder before the transfer window cut-off, according to a reliable journalist.
Yorkshire Evening Post’s chief football writer Phil Hay revealed on his personal Twitter account on Sunday morning that the manager’s “priorities” are a forward and another experienced central midfielder.
Priorities for Garry Monk in the remainder of the transfer market are a striker and another experienced centre-mid. #lufc
— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) August 28, 2016
Leeds signed Liam Bridcutt from Sunderland last week but he has been partnered by teenager Ronaldo Vieira in midfield in the last two league matches, with Kalvin Phillips, 20, the back-up.
The likes of Luke Murphy and Toumani Diagouraga have slipped down the pecking order at Elland Road and even playmaker Pablo Hernandez has been preferred to them in central midfield.
Up front, summer signing Marcus Antonsson and Chris Wood have started the last three Championship matches together but it is a partnership that lacks searing pace.
Monk has consistently stated in recent days that there will be plenty of transfers at Elland Road during the last days of the window.
Hay quoted Monk on Thursday morning on his personal Twitter account as the manager saying that he wants to “add” signings and “fringe players are likely to leave”.
No more transfer news but said again that he wants to add – and that fringe players are likely to leave. #lufc
— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) August 25, 2016
Monk is looking to add to the 10 senior signings that Leeds have already made this summer. They include internationals Antonsson, Bridcutt, Hernandez, Pontus Jansson and Rob Green.
Possible departures include Diagouraga, who has failed to make the matchday squad in the Whites last five fixtures after starting against QPR during the Yorkshire side’s opening day 3-0 loss.
Other Fringe players Murphy, Marco Silvestri and Souleymane Doukara have all made just one start this season, while Champions League winning goalkeeper Ross Turnbull could also leave as he is now Monk’s third-choice goalkeeper.
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