McLeish: Leeds may sign their own Bruno Fernandes amid blockbuster reveal

Leeds United could sign their own Bruno Fernandes in the summer transfer window, according to Alex McLeish.

The former Aston Villa and Scotland manager, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested a playmaker in the mould of the Manchester United talisman will be top of the United shopping list.

As revealed by Football Insider, Leeds are still plotting some blockbuster signings this summer despite their heavy spending last year and a wage bill which has doubled since their time in the Championship.

The Mirror claim a playmaker is top of Victor Orta’s shopping list ahead of the summer after failing to bring in an attacking midfielder last summer.

The Whites had lined up a deal for Michael Cuiscance from Bayern Munich but the move fell through at the medical stage.

McLeish has insisted Bamford could do with some support, rather than outright competition, in attack and suggested Leeds could sign their own Bruno Fernandes.

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Asked if Leeds needed another midfield or attacking option to bolster their forward line, McLeish told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, “I think there’s no doubt about it.

“If it was a player who was competing with Bamford, you wouldn’t want that, you would want somebody in the team, like the Liverpool front three.

“Firmino isn’t as prolific as the other two but that is what you would be looking for, a combination of three or another one, a number 10 who can get goals in the kind of mould of Fernandes at Man United. It could give them more potency.

“Bamford does still cause mayhem and the lack of keeping the ball out the back of the net has to be their main priority.”

Bamford has been Marcelo Bielsa’s first-choice striker all season and has repaid the faith with 11 goals in 21 Premier League appearances.

Fernandes meanwhile has netted 12 times in the top-flight this season and has a total of 17 goals across all competitions.

In other news, Leeds United rejected multiple deadline day approaches for attacking player.