Reliable journalist posts Leeds transfer update, specifies signings Monk is working on
By Alex Stevens
Leeds are still working on deals to sign striker Ashley Fletcher and winger Sergi Canos, according to a reliable journalist.
Yorkshire Evening Post correspondent Phil Hay took to Twitter on Thursday morning to post an update on Leeds’ plans to revamp their squad in the final two weeks of the January window.
Manager Garry Monk has stressed that he is on the lookout for attacking reinforcements and the Championship high flyers have been most consistently linked in the last week with West Ham front man Fletcher and Norwich wide forward Canos.
Hay reported on his personal Twitter account on that it is “quiet on transfer front at Leeds” but explained that the club are “still in touch regarding Fletcher” and “haven’t given up on Canos”.
Quiet on transfer front at Leeds but the club are still in touch re: Fletcher at West Ham and haven’t given up on Canos at Norwich. #lufc
— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) January 19, 2017
It was reported last week that Leeds had made an approach for Canos but they are being rivalled by London-based outfit Brentford, where Canos had a successful spell on loan from Liverpool last season.
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Fletcher is a long-term target of the Yorkshire giants, who tried to prise him from Manchester United last summer before losing out to West Ham.
Supporters are keen for the new-look board to fund new players as they club push for a return to the Premier League for the first time in 13 years.
But co-owner Andrea Radrizzani revealed last weekend following his arrival at the helm that he will not bankroll big signings and that his priority is improving the club’s infrastructure.
The Yorkshire giants head into Friday’s league clash against Barnsley superbly placed for a promotion challenge on the back of a run of 10 wins in their last 13 Championship matches.
Monk wants new signings after being forced to field a makeshift defence in the 1-0 win against fellow promotion hopefuls Derby in the absence of regular left-back Charlie Taylor and senior centre-back pairing Pontus Jansson and Liam Cooper.
“We definitely need two,” Monk said as quoted by the Yorkshire Evening Post. “But we don’t need too much. We’ve had to make changes (against Derby) and put out a bit of a makeshift back four, and ideally you don’t want to face those situations too often.
“We’re just those one or two away from giving this group their best chance.”
In other Leeds news, Monk has made a shock transfer revelation after meeting with new owner Andrea Radrizzani.