Leeds United have set aside £5million to spend on a handful of loan signings this summer, Football Insider understands.
The Yorkshire giants will concentrate on short-term captures to strengthen Marcelo Bielsa’s squad as they look to copy Aston Villa’s blueprint for promotion.
A Leeds source has told Football Insider the club are willing to spend significant loan fees as well as wages to land players who can slot straight into the first team and make an impact.
The £5million set aside includes fees as well as salaries, and manager Bielsa will have a major input into identifying the players he believes can take the team one step further to automatic promotion.
Football Insider revealed at the start of the week that the club are planning a low-key window in which their transfer plans will be centred on “quality loan signings” and free or bargain recruits.
Owner Andrea Radrizzani is unable to fund significant sums on new signings, so there will be an emphasis on short-term captures who can have more success than the four loanee arrivals this season.
Jack Harrison was a qualified success, but each of the Chelsea trio Izzy Brown, Jamal Blackman and Lewis Baker failed to make any impact.
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