By Frank McAvennie

3rd Oct, 2021 | 12:00pm

Pundit verdict on Leeds 'spending big in January' as source reveals Spain transfer mission

Frank McAvennie has urged Leeds United to avoid a spending spree in January amid the latest transfer news.

The former West Ham hitman, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, reacted to the latest out of Elland Road.

A Leeds source has told Football Insider the club are monitoring Villarreal forward Arnaut Danjuma as they assess wide forward targets.

The Whites are hard at work scouting targets, a Leeds source added to this site, ahead of what could prove to be an important January window.

Leeds have a number of first-team stars out injured at the moment, including Patrick Bamford, Luke Ayling and Robin Koch.

Against West Ham, Leeds named a makeshift defence that included youngster Charlie Cresswell.

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This has prompted calls for recruitments to be brought in during January with Leeds languishing in the relegation zone.

However, McAvennie urged Leeds to wait until the summer.

“Do I see Leeds spending big in January? No,” McAvennie told Football Insider correspondent Ben Wild.

“They have a lot of injuries at the moment. Once all those players come back they will be fine.

“I do think they need more players, I have said that before. But I think the chances of them signing those four or five players in January are slim.

“Good deals don’t tend to happen in January. So much can change during the season as well.

“I think they should wait until the summer and assess where they are and where they want to be.

“Bamford could be back scoring next week so that need for a striker disappears.

“If they went and signed two defenders, what happens when everyone is fit?

“I said this with Liverpool last year and look, the loan player [Kabak] went back and the other lad [Davies] doesn’t play.

“That was a mistake. You don’t want that happening.”

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