Leeds should sign soon to be available Euro 2016 semi-finalist to aid promotion pursuit
COMMENT By Will Butcher
Garry Monk should make Joe Ledley his top January transfer target at Leeds to boost his side’s promotion hunt.
The 29-year-old is out of contract at Crystal Palace in six months’ time, and will be available to talk to non-English clubs if he is not offered a new deal before January.
With Sam Allardyce’s new side unlikely to risk losing their Wales international on a free transfer in June, Ledley could be available in a cut-price deal when the window opens in four days’ time.
The former Cardiff City midfielder has been in and out of the Eagles’ starting eleven this season as he continues to fight for a place in the middle of the park alongside Yohan Cabaye, James McArthur and Mathieu Flamini.
Despite a wonderful first half of the season under Monk, Leeds are lacking in Premier League experience with Rob Green, Liam Bridcutt and Kyle Bartley the only players credited with an extended run in the top flight.
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Adding Ledley to Leeds’ inexperienced midfield would prove a huge transfer coup for Monk, after clocking up 78 appearances in the Premier League for Palace.
Ronaldo Vieira and Kalvin Phillips are considered two of Monk’s four first-team central midfielders, but are just 18 and 21 respectively.
The signing of former Celtic ace Ledley, who was a key figure in Wales’ brilliant Euro 2016 campaign that only ended at the semi-final stage, would provide the Yorkshire giants with a player that would not only be one of the best at the club, but would boost morale within the dressing room.
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