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Leeds United Transfer Rumours: Fletcher, Delph, Clough, and so many more

The transfer rumour mill is in full swing, but which personnel will emerge and take their places alongside the current crop of our promotion-chasing squad?

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Is Ashley Fletcher seriously a potential loanee? (Ignore that beautiful man on the right.)
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As we approach the January transfer window, rumours are once again circulating about the players Garry Monk may decide to bring to Elland Road next month. We have had numerous players mentioned over the last few weeks, so here at Through It All Together, we thought we would give you a quick look at some of the more popular options.

We’ve also written about this topic before, so make sure you read this, and this, and this, and this, and this, and this, and this... hell, just check out the entire rumours channel here.

It’s that time of year though, best be informed. Again, some of the more popular options are listed here, and then there’s a little wrap at the end with room for your thoughts in the comments below.

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Zach Clough

The young Manchester lad has been part of the Bolton set-up since his youth. This season, he has been an integral part of Bolton’s chase for a return to the Championship and has scored 7 league goals in 18 games this season for the Trotters. He won the League Two Player of the Month award for October and has shown that he has the Football League pedigree to succeed in the Championship. Zach’s youth and enthusiasm would add a different dimension to the Leeds squad.

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Marc Pugh

The Bournemouth winger has made his way through the leagues with the Dorset side after he signed from Hereford on a free transfer in 2010. His intelligence and ability to beat wing-backs with ease has meant that he has been a dominant figure throughout the whole of the ladder within English football. Pugh has struggled for game time this season, but he did score a lovely half volley against Leicester City to give Bournemouth all three points against the Premier League champions. This alone may mean he stays at Dean’s Court for the rest of the season, but it wouldn’t hurt to make a push for Pugh.

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Jordan Rhodes

Jordan's record at this level speaks for itself, and he’s easily the most popular option on social media these days. After bursting on to the scene at Huddersfield and scoring a whopping 73 goals in only 124 senior appearances, he caught the attention of Blackburn Rovers where he continued to score goals for fun - scoring 82 goals in 159 appearances.

He is currently warming the Middlesbrough bench after a big-money move last January to the riverside. Rhodes helped the Boro to promotion but has since struggled to cement his place in the XI. The only stumbling block might be the cost, so a loan deal might be best for all parties.

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David Nugent

Another striker struggling to make the XI at the Riverside is David Nugent, and if rumours are correct, he is available for a move in January. Similar to Rhodes, Nugent's eye for a goal in the 2nd tier of the English game has been brilliant. He made his name at Preston where he scored 34 goals in 99 games. Since then he has gained two promotions with Leicester City and Middlesbrough respectively. Overall, Nugent has 135 league goals to his name and he would definitely add a further threat upfront.

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Peter Crouch

Peter Crouch is one of my favourite footballers, mainly because when he was asked ‘what would you be if you weren’t a footballer’ Crouch replied ‘a virgin’. Since that day I have longed for Crouch to ply his trade at Elland Road. Aside from his banter, he also is another quality striker, though he’s getting a bit old for the Championship. His aerial ability would add a different dimension to the current set up with the crossing ability we possess. Crouch could become a cult hero with the whole of the Leeds faithful.

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Ashley Fletcher

The rumours of a possible move for the young lad from Keighley just won’t go away. Ashley started his career at Manchester United and was loaned to Barnsley last season where he impressed with 5 goals in 21 appearances for the Tykes. After he returned to Old Trafford, he made the big decision to leave Manchester United.

We all hoped he would return to Yorkshire, however the bright lights of London and West Ham were his chosen destination. He has done decently so far at West Ham but chances have been at a premium and a loan spell seems to be likely, and just like in August, Garry Monk and his team seem interested in the England under-20 player.

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Alex McCarthy

Southampton goalkeeper Alex McCarthy is wasting away in the shadow of Fraser Forster and, with both Green and Silvestri's reliability in question amongst the faithful, the possibility of a move for McCarthy in January has surfaced. With spells at Palace and Reading at Premier League level, McCarthy could be a big asset. He had a decent time during his last spell at the club and, if given the chance, could emerge from the darkness and propel Leeds to the Premier League.

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Fabian Delph

The last man who makes this list is Fabian Delph. The return of Delph to Leeds for a third time would be the icing on the cake in a successful start to the season. The Bradford-born midfielder, who still resides in Leeds, is a serious talent. Injuries have impacted on his progress under Pep Guardiola at Manchester City and some time to regain match fitness could be beneficial to both sides. If I am honest, this isn’t a rumour I hold much hope for and, to be fair, our central midfield is quality enough without the introduction of another person.

But it’d be a fun signing, one to really get Leeds in the national conversation again.

All the players named above would definitely add more quality to the current squad.

For me, the strikers named are pleasing to see. With transfer rumours fly around all the time - to see the quality and calibre of players being suggested is amazing, if not unbelievable.

Whoever we sign next month, I am sure they will be a perfect fit. Garry Monk and his team made some brilliant signings in the summer window, and I trust Garry and Pep to bring the right man to lead us to the Premier League and not waste the window. #InMonkWeTrust. MOT.

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