By Alex Stevens

Leeds legend Danny Mills has urged the club to make at least three more signings this month to maintain their pursuit of a place in next season’s Premier League.

The Yorkshire giants are well placed to clinch a place in the play-offs after reaching fifth position in the Championship with a 45-point haul from 25 matches.

Garry Monk’s side are five points clear of seventh-placed Derby, who they host at Elland Road in Friday night’s league encounter.

Former England international Mills has claimed that Leeds need to invest in new talent in the January window to beef up a squad that Monk has claimed is in need of reinforcements.

The former Champions League club converted playmaker Pablo Hernandez’s half-season loan deal into a permanent transfer on Monday and Mills says it needs to be the first of a number of new arrivals.

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“Leeds need good players going forward and to be in the Premier League next season,” Mills told BT Sports’ live coverage of their 2-1 win against Cambridge in the FA Cup on Monday night.

“It’s really important to add another couple of loanees during this window and if Leeds could add another striker that would be a huge bonus for them.”

Leeds have been outside of the top flight since 2004, which was when Mills’s five-year spell at the club came to an end.

It kickstarted the club’s 13-year spell in the doldrums, which extended to a period in League One as well as a lengthy time in the second tier.

There is now growing hope among the Leeds faithful that they can mount a serious promotion bid and secure the holy grail of a Premier League turn.

The outspoken Mills, 39, is now a pundit for a number of different broadcasters including BBC Sport and BT Sport.

In other Leeds news, the club are in talks to sign a £10million Premier League striker.