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29th Dec, 2016 | 12:51pm

Why Leeds must sign summer target next month to boost promotion challenge

COMMENT By Will Butcher

Leeds should reignite their summer interest in free agent Leon Osman to boost their chances of achieving their first return to the Premier League in 12 years.

The Yorkshire giants were reportedly interested in the two-time England international in the summer, and could now re-enter the January transfer window for the ex-Everton ace.

Osman, 35, has been a free agent since his contract at Goodison Park expired in the summer, and is likely to be on the lookout for a new club in January.

Leeds must add experience in the middle of the park if they are to aim for promotion this season, with two of their four first-team central midfielders both considered young.

Benfica youth player Ronaldo Vieira is still only 18, while academy product Kalvin Phillips is just three years Vieira’s senior.

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With captain Bridcutt and Ireland international O’Kane suffering from a constant groin problem, depth in the middle of the park could be targeted and Osman would provide that.

Moreover, as a free agent, acquiring Osman for nothing would prove a shrewd piece of business by manager Garry Monk after the former Swansea boss spent a large chunk of his transfer budget in the summer.

The two-time England international Osman played 352 league games for Everton during a successful 16-year career in the Premier League, and possesses plenty of experience that is currently missing from Garry Monk’s midfield.

Although he has failed to play in six months, Osman would be a brilliant signing as he would provide the difference that would add to Leeds promotion push.

In other Leeds transfer news, why this out-of-favour attacker must leave Elland Road on loan in January.