By Alex McLeish

12th Aug, 2021 | 5:00pm

Ex-manager backs Leeds to sign 'special player' after CEO reveal

Alex McLeish has backed Leeds United to sign a “special player” before the transfer window closes this month.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Scotland boss insisted the Whites could afford to wait for a game-changing addition.

Speaking to the Square Ball Podcast (August 9th), Leeds chief executive Kinnear admitted he thought there would be “little movement” from Leeds before the transfer window closes at the end of the month.

However, the Whites chief did insist the club would be ready if an “exceptional opportunity” of a signing came up.

The new faces in the senior squad, Junio Firpo and Kristoffer and Kristoffer Klaesson, have joined from Barcelona and Valerenga respectively.

Leeds also turned Jack Harrison’s loan move from Manchester City permanent.

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McLeish suggested Leeds do not need to bolster their squad too much this summer.

However, he suggested one top addition could lift them to another level.

McLeish told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “As they say in the American leagues, designated players, which means a special player.

“If Leeds were to see a special player that could take them up another level and be within their budget, then Bielsa would probably promote something like that. So would the chief executive.

“I think outsiders can look in and say what are Leeds’ ambitions? Do they want to win the Premier League? Everybody wants to win the Premier League.

“But he’s got a nucleus of players there that he found a lot of trust in last season. They got them to a brilliant position in the Premier League.

“After a year of being in the Premier League then the manager must surely know how many players in that squad are the players to bolster that team.

“Sometimes you don’t have to go out and splash the millions on a player because people expect you to.”

In other news, Bielsa growing frustrated with Leeds United transfer talks.