Monk shares emphatic update on Leeds transfer plans this month
By Alex Stevens
Garry Monk has revealed that he is in the market for up to two new Leeds signings this month – but insisted no key men will be leaving.
Premier League clubs are hot on the trail of left-back Charlie Taylor, who is out of contract in the summer and has attracted reported interest from West Brom, Middlesbrough, Leicester Burnley and West Ham.
Another Elland Road academy product, the 18-year-old midfielder Ronaldo Vieira, has also been linked with a transfer from the club in the winter window.
But Monk delivered an emphatic statement about Leeds’ transfer plans in January after his team began the new year with an emphatic 3-0 win over Yorkshire rivals Rotherham.
Leeds carried on where they left off in 2016 with a fourth win in five Championship matches and the latest evidence that the Monk revolution has long-term possibilities.
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The former Champions League club have punched above their weight this season after making a net profit in the summer window.
As quoted by the Sky Sport transfer blog on Monday night (9.57pm), Monk said he would limit himself to “one or two” new signings this month but ruled out any departures.
“They’ll all be kept,” Monk explained. “This is Leeds United, it’s a big club. We don’t have to sell anyone and we won’t be selling anyone.
“There was a promise made at the start of the season that we’re here to keep players and build something. It’ll only be incomings. There’ll be no-one leaving in this window. We’re not considering anything. It’s for players to come here.”
Leeds remain fifth in the Championship following Monday’s fixtures, although they achieved the notable feat of narrowing the gap on the automatic promotion places to seven points due to Newcastle’s defeat to Blackburn.
Monk’s side are next in action next Monday, when they face Cambridge in the FA Cup.
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