By Alex Stevens
Leeds have been installed among the two favourites to sign two proven Premier League stars in the final 10 days of the January window.
Bookmaker Ladbrokes make the Yorkshire giants the favourites to sign Elland Road academy product Fabian Delph from Manchester City.
Garry Monk’s team are priced at 4/1 after overtaking a number of leading clubs in the betting, ahead of Aston Villa, who are 6/1, West Brom at 7/1 and Newcastle, who have drifted out to 8/1.
Meanwhile, Sky Bet now make Leeds the second favourites to sign Middlesbrough winger Stewart Downing this month.
The bookies priced Leeds at 33/1 last week to land the 35-times England international but they have now leapfrogged a number of Premier League outfits in the betting, including West Ham and Sunderland.
The Yorkshire giants are priced at 12/1 to sign Downing before the transfer window cut-off, behind only one club now in Crystal Palace, who are 6/1.
Both Delph and Downing have slipped down the pecking order at their respective clubs in recent times.
Central midfielder Delph, 27, has made just four appearances for City this season after a series of injuries meant that he has failed to impress Pep Guardiola since he took over last summer.
Winger Downing, 32, has featured more regularly at Boro, particularly in the opening three months of the campaign, although his 19 matches in all competitions have yielded only one goal and two assists.
Downing was an unused substitute last weekend for Boro’s goalless Premier League draw against Watford.
Leeds manager Garry Monk has consistently stated that he is in the market for attacking reinforcements this month, with a striker and a winger his main priorities.
Whether he would be keen to sign another central midfielder in Delph, most likely on a loan deal for the remainder of the campaign, remains to be seen.
In other Leeds transfer news, Monk has made a shock transfer revelation after meeting with new owner Andrea Radrizzani.