Steve Evans is hoping to sign a new player for Leeds by next week
Target man: Leeds boss Evans is keen to hold new contract talks

By Alex Stevens

Leeds are targeting six new players in total in the January window, manager Steve Evans has revealed.

The Championship club have already completed deals this month for midfielder Liam Bridcutt and winger Mustapha Carayol, with both players signing on loan until the end of the season.

Evans now wants to add up to four new signings as he prepares to lose versatile midfielder Sam Byram to a Premier League club.

Speaking on Friday as he unveiled Carayol, Evans said: “I look forward to this being the first of three or four further additions to the group before the end of the month.”

The Gambia international, who has joined from Middlesbrough, previously worked with Evans at Crawley Town.

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The Leeds chief revealed that Carayol was quick to jump aboard once the possibility of a move to Elland Road arose.

 “Mustapha played for me as a kid many years ago at Crawley and we have often come across each since and kept in touch,” said Evans.

“He was delighted to receive a call from the head coach at Leeds United and it took him less than three seconds to say ‘I’ll get in the car in the next 10 minutes and head to Leeds’.

“I don’t want to say what he will or won’t do, but what I can say is that every time I’ve seen him play he looks a serious threat to the opposition and he gets the opportunity to challenge for a place in the team.”

Evans has already said that he is not confident of keeping Byram beyond this month as five Premier League clubs monitor the 22-year-old, who is out of contract in the summer.