By Richard Parks
Leeds United have placed three players at the top of their target list as they look to completely overhaul their squad in the summer window, according to a report.
The Yorkshire Evening Post claim that that owner Andrea Radrizzani has jetted in to Leeds in recent days to spearhead a mass overhaul of the senior group.
It is said that the club are close to signing £4million-valued Carpi striker Jerry Mbakogu after holding initial talks in January and interest has also been shown in forward Oli McBurnie and full-back Andy Yiadom, both of whom are at Paul Heckingbottom’s former club Barnsley.
The Yorkshire Evening Post report that United will rip up the recruitment strategy that has failed in the last two windows but will keep faith with director of football Victor Orta.
It is said that Leeds intend to pursue more domestic signings as well as trimming the senior squad closer to the 20-player mark as they look to focus on quality rather than quantity.
Football Insider verdict:
You would find few Leeds fans quibbling with an overhaul of a recruitment strategy that has failed to pay dividends since Radrizzani took sole control of the club last May. There has been a whirlwind of arrivals, but few successes and plenty of flops – certainly at senior level – and the squad looks bloated and low on quality. Many will pay this summer, when they are put up for sale and the process begins to ease them out of Elland Road. Expect the likes of Eunan O’Kane, Vurnon Anita, Andy Lonergan and Felix Wiedwald to lead the firesale, while those on season-long loans will almost certainly not be returning for a second campaign. As for the arrivals, the seemingly imminent capture of Mbakogu, a striker with a decent but far from sensational record in Serie B, is unlikely to sell too many season tickets, but Swansea’s prolific on-loan front man McBurnie would be a brilliant capture and Ghana international Yiadom a very solid one. The trio would represent a reasonable start to the overhaul but more quality would be needed for a promotion surge.