Steve Evans is hoping to sign a new player for Leeds by next week
Target man: Leeds boss Evans is keen to hold new contract talks

By Alex Stevens

Leeds are targeting three new players in January after completing the loan signing of Liam Bridcutt, manager Steve Evans revealed on Tuesday.

The Leeds boss has said his club are still in discussions with Norwich about a deal for striker Kyle Lafferty and he also wants two other stars.

The Championship club completed their first signing of the January window on Tuesday when they extended midfielder Bridcutt’s loan from Sunderland until the end of the season.

In addition, Evans and Leeds owner Massimo Cellini are also working on signing “two or three good players” in the January window.

The manager gave an update on his search for fresh talent when speaking to Sky Sports News on Wednesday morning.

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“Liam Bridcutt has signed the paperwork, that is all officially recognised and through this morning,” Evans said. “We have tied him up till June and then we’ll see what happens in the summer months

“Kyle Lafferty is a different proposition. Our owner has had a few chats with his counterparts at Norwich and I have to let that process take its due course. It’s all frustrating when you’d like to add to the group. It’s a young man we identified from a while out. He’s not made it a secret that he wants to be here. I have to be very respectful to Alex Neil and David McNally as they will have a huge say in whether we can agree a deal.

Leeds are targeting a loan deal for Norwich striker Kyle Lafferty
Target man: Leeds are keen on a deal for Kyle Lafferty

“We are trying hard to not only make Kyle Lafferty happy but he’s not the only apple we’re trying to get in the barrel. We’re trying to sign two or three good players.”

Evans refused to reveal what kind of budget he has available in the winter window but stressed he and owner Cellini are working hard on bringing in new talent.

“I was up talking with the president until midnight last night,” he told Sky Sports News. “I don’t get into the specifics of what the money is, that is left at the president’s level.

“What I do know is that the players we are trying to bring in are good players and, in the main, coming from above.”