By Danny Mills

14th Jul, 2021 | 7:00am

Mills predicts Leeds to complete two new signings after YEP update on talks held

Danny Mills has suggested Leeds United will now be trying to sign a midfielder to replace Kalvin Phillips who will need time off next season to recuperate.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Whites and England full-back also claimed they should look to add a striker to offer competition for Patrick Bamford.

Junior Firpo became the club’s first new recruit of the summer last week after he signed from Barcelona for a £12.8million fee.

Graham Smyth of the Yorkshire Evening Post reported on 8 July Victor Orta has already held discussions with a midfielder about joining Leeds.

Asked what areas the Yorkshire giants now need to target, Mills told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley: “I still think the midfield area and a centre-forward.

“They’re difficult to find. A midfielder is a little easier to find than a centre-forward.

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“Someone alongside Kalvin Phillips, he’s now had a long, hard season so get to November, December time he’s going to need a rest. He’s going to need some game time off to recuperate from what has been a tough 18 months of football.

“A centre-forward to challenge Bamford. Can Bamford have another season like he did last season? Everyone hopes so but it’s not like Harry Kane and it’s guaranteed. We don’t know if he’s going to score 15 goals next season.

“Those would be the two areas that Leeds may go again in the transfer market.”

Phillips played 29 Premier League games last season and started all of England’s games at the European Championship.

He played the full 120 minutes as he won his 15th cap in the penalty shoot-out defeat to Italy in the final at Wembley on Sunday.

In other news, Leeds United have “plucked another diamond” after completing a six-figure signing.