By Wayne Veysey

24th Jan, 2017 | 6:04pm

Monk delivers Leeds transfer update, fans will be over the moon

By Alex Stevens

Garry Monk has revealed that Leeds are close to signing at least one new player as he gave an update on the club’s transfer situation.

The Elland Road manager explained that he is increasingly hopeful of reinforcements arriving to his promotion-challenging squad “very soon”.

The Yorkshire giants have made only one signing in the January window, with Pablo Hernandez extending his initial loan deal into a permanent contract that runs until the end of the season.

Supporters are keen for a more emphatic demonstration of the club’s intent to push strongly for a return to the Premier League after 13 years in the lower leagues.

Speaking on Tuesday evening ahead of Leeds’ Championship clash against Nottingham Forest on Wednesday night, Monk gave an update on the transfer position, as quoted by the club’s official Twitter account.

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The 37-year-old explained he is “really hopeful something will be done very soon” and made the point that “everyone is working really hard behind the scenes”.

Monk has made it clear in his public statements this month that he wants attacking reinforcements to a squad that has climbed to fourth in the table and has genuine promotion ambitions.

The club have been most strongly linked with West Ham striker Ashley Fletcher and Norwich winger Sergi Canos, both of whom are on the fringes of their respective teams.

Monk’s latest update on transfers is his most emphatic yet and will delight supporters who want to see some top calibre additions to a team that has punched above its weight all season.

Fans are convinced that some solid additions in the winter window will set them up strongly for the second half of the campaign.

Football Insider verdict:

It is clear that the Leeds team need reinforcements. Monk has worked wonders with a squad that few expected to challenge so strongly for promotion. But the forward area is particularly weak and Leeds’s strategy needs to extend beyond wrapping main man Chris Wood in cotton wool and crossing their fingers and hoping for the best. Neither Souleymane Doukara or Marcus Antonsson will be the players to help Leeds make the top flight and goals are all important in the race for promotion. It would be a dereliction of duty if the new co-owners do not make sure there is some forward cover – and top calibre cover at that.

In other Leeds team news, the club are closing in on a landmark new signing that will cost them over £3million.

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