By Alex McLeish

8th Sep, 2021 | 3:00pm

Ex-manager tips Leeds to bid for player from five-man shortlist after Orta reveal

Alex McLeish has tipped Leeds United to make a move for a new midfielder in January after failing to sign Huddersfield’s Lewis O’Brien.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Scotland boss suggested the Whites would have plenty of alternatives to the 22-year-old.

Speaking to the Yorkshire Evening Post, Leeds’ director of football Victor Orta confirmed a move for O’Brien failed to materialise due to “different valuations”.

As revealed by Football Insider (28th August), Leeds baulked at the Terriers’ £10million asking price.

The Whites’ initial offer was just £3million and while they upped their bid, a deal was not forthcoming.

McLeish suggested the Yorkshire heavyweights could revisit a move for the 22-year-old during the January transfer window.

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However, he also claimed Leeds would be exploring alternative options from a “five-name” shortlist.

“Sometimes you have to bite the bullet and move on,” McLeish told Football Insider’s Russell Edge.

“They might assess the other four or five names that they have for that kind of position. That’s what a lot of clubs do nowadays.

“They have 10 names for every position lower down in the academies.

“Maybe the manager has five names in every position for potential Leeds United players

“If they really want him enough then I’m sure they’ll revisit.”

Leeds have recently welcomed Adam Forshaw back from a long-term injury to bolster their midfield options.

Kalvin Phillips, Mateusz Klich, Stuart Dallas and Jamie Shackleton are the other recognised central midfielders at Elland Road.

Rodrigo has also been used as a makeshift attacking midfielder on occasion.

In other news, one Leeds United star told to “up his standards” in training after recent development.