COMMENT By Matt Farr
Leeds are locked in a tough battle to keep hold of one of their star players this transfer window – left-back Charlie Taylor.
Both Leeds and manager Garry Monk remain confident of retaining the services of Taylor this month, but should the player leave the club, Football Insider has picked out three Premier League players that they could buy with the funds.
Ashley Fletcher (West Ham) – £2million
Monk is in the market for a new striker this month, with New Zealand international Chris Wood doing the brunt of the work in front of goal so far this season.
Wood has 16 goals from 28 appearances this season, but there is no-one else really competing for his place in the starting line-up.
Leeds have been linked with a host of names already this month, including David Nugent and Jordan Rhodes, but Leeds should look at West Ham youngster Ashley Fletcher.
The 21-year-old has yet to find the back of the net in the Premier League this season, having made 11 appearances.
The former Manchester United striker has found first-team opportunities limited, and the pending arrival of a new goalscorer at the Olympic Stadium could see Slaven Bilic throw him out.
Having made an impression in League One whilst on loan with Barnsley in the second-half of last season, Fletcher could do a good job in the Championship, and provide the necessary cover to lead goalscorer Wood.
Plus, he would not leave too much of a mark on Leeds’ finances, as they could potentially snap up him up for just £2million.
Cameron Borthwick-Jackson (Manchester United) – £4million
Monk is also in need of a central defender, preferably a young one. Leeds find themselves short of options at centre-back for their meeting with Derby on Friday, as Pontus Jansson is suspended and Liam Cooper has a knock.
The sooner Leeds land one the better, and they should look at Manchester United’s Cameron Borthwick-Jackson. He’s a talent that Jose Mourinho might want to keep on the books, but Leeds can offer him what United can’t at the moment – and that is first-team football.
Borthwick-Jackson is currently on loan in the Championship with Wolves, but having made just seven appearances, United are looking to terminate his spell.
Leeds should take that opportunity to swoop in and bring him to Elland Road. His best position may be at left-back, but he is also competent as a centre-back.
He is seen as a potential future star at Old Trafford, so they may be reluctant to sell.
Modou Barrow (Swansea) – £2million
Having spent over a year as manager of Swansea, Monk is familiar with many of their current squad. Therefore, it makes reasonable sense for him to return to his former club and raid them for one of their players.
A winger would be the next item on the agenda for Leeds, and they should look at Modou Barrow. He was signed by Monk at Swansea, and he is clearly a fan of the Gambia winger.
The 24-year-old has had a regular role at the Liberty Stadium this season, but was dropped to the bench for Paul Clement’s first game in charge.
Barrow spent time last season on loan at Blackburn and Nottingham Forest, so is familiar with the Championship, and coupled with his dribbling ability and eye for goal, could be the man to help Leeds on their way to the Premier League.
The club bought him for £1.5million, so any bid above that could do the business.
In other Leeds transfer news, Rotherham manager Paul Warne has admitted he is interested in signing this Leeds player.