Michael Brown has said he has total faith in the recruitment strategy of Leeds United despite the club not adding proven Premier League experience this window.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Leeds midfielder delivered his verdict as the club close in on the signing of Dinamo Zagreb defender Josko Gvardiol.

The Whites have offered the 18-year-old defender a long-term contract and the club hope to have the deal confirmed before their Premier League opener against Liverpool, as revealed by Football Insider.

Gvardiol, who can operate at centre back and at left back, would become Leeds’ third major summer window acquisition alongside Rodrigo and Robin Koch.

This site revealed last month that Rodrigo, 29, had joined Leeds United on a record deal totalling £48million including wages.

Koch, 24, who was in the final year of his contract with Bundesliga side Freiburg joined Leeds for £12million, Football Insider understands.

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The German international has never played club football outside of his homeland before, while Rodrigo played 17 Premier League games on loan at Bolton Wanderers a decade ago.

Asked about Leeds’ summer transfer business, Brown said: “The recruitment has been good so far, they’re very, very thorough.

“Last January Marcelo (Bielsa) didn’t just spend when they had money to do so.

“They’re trying to spend it wisely and you’d have to say they’re doing everything correct.

“They need to be as good as they can so they’ll find the players from wherever.

“They’ll believe it’s right so I’ve got the trust in them.”

Leeds United owner Andrea Radrizzani

Gvardiol has played 13 times for Dinamo Zagreb and helped the club win the Croatian top division last season.

The Croatia under 21 international made his Champions League debut in August against Cluj where he scored in the penalty shootout as Dinamo Zagreb won 6-5 on penalties.

In other news, Noel Whelan has reacted to Leeds’ reported swoop for a Barcelona player who is ‘available at a very good price’.